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dc.contributor.authorParsons, Elizabethen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBroadbridge, Adelinaen_UK
dc.description.abstractPurpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore how gender identity is played out in a particular type of work setting, that of charity retail, and to explore the impacts of increased managerialism on this process of identity construction. Design/Methodology/approach - The paper is informed by interviews with 22 charity shop managers from three UK cities. The narratives of three of these managers are chosen for more in-depth analysis. The paper focuses primarily on understandings of identity as practised, exploring the enactment of a series of conflicting and overlapping ‘selves’ in the workplace. The practices and discourses surrounding the retail (or businesslike) self, the charitable self and the caring self in particular are discussed. Findings - We find that the process of creeping managerialism in the sector both values and promotes the discourses of ‘retail’ but marginalises those of ‘charity and of ‘care’. This presents serious dilemmas of identity for charity shop managers and is a source of considerable stress for them. However we also found that managers were using the discourses of charity and of care to resist this managerial process. Thus we focus on the ways in which gendered identities are constrained and enabled by and through the discourses circulating in organisational life. We also have a series of observations to PAGE 3 make concerning the future possibilities that retail work in particular might offer for identity construction. Research limitations/implications – The analysis is based on a small sample of qualitative interviews, therefore the findings are not meant to be generalisable to the wider population. This ‘vignette’ approach allows us to explore in some depth the relations between identity construction and organisational context. Originality/value – Empirical paper using an alternative lens to analyse gender identity and the impacts of increasing managerialism on processes of identity construction. Highlights in particular the continual struggles over meaning within organisations.en_UK
dc.relationParsons E & Broadbridge A (2007) Charity, Retail or Care? Gender and managerialism in the charity retail sector. Women in Management Review, 22 (7), pp. 552-567.
dc.rightsPublished in Women in Management Review by Emeralden_UK
dc.subjectretail managersen_UK
dc.subjectcharity retailen_UK
dc.titleCharity, Retail or Care? Gender and managerialism in the charity retail sectoren_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleWomen In Management Reviewen_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationKeele Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationSocio-Management - LEGACYen_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorParsons, Elizabeth|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorBroadbridge, Adelina|0000-0001-8142-1568en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filenameCharity retail or care (WIMR) revised salary details (June 07).pdfen_UK
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