roryridleyduff_1 reviewed this
This is an exercise in reflexivity, critically evaluating my own work for the benefit of others. The way this book came into being may interest readers as much as the book itself. Embroiled in a 3 year study of workplace democracy, the importance of gender dynamics continually surfaced until - with the encouragement of fellow academics - a decision was made to change the theoretical contribution of my doctoral thesis. This book is *not* the thesis. It is, however, a popular style examination of the data and issues that pervaded the study, and presents some of the theory that will mark my contribution to the gender debate.In short, the book examines a range of issues related to organisation behaviour from the perspective that occupational segregation and norms of sexual behaviour are influenced more by the patterns and processes of attraction than domination. Domination does occur, but only during periods of serious relationship breakdown (which occurs far less frequently than attempts to develop attraction). The book, therefore, provides partial support for feminist claims by recognising and validating some of the social relations that develop in the workplace, but also provides a critique of feminism by illustrating the extent of women's power to control men, and the techniques they deploy. My hope - and this is for others to judge - is that this work will change the bedrock on which future gender theory will develop, and encourage a more inclusive (and less stereotype driven) debate about men's and women's power. If there is a weakness (for me) it is that I would have liked to spend more time broadening my reading before concluding the book. This will be addressed in future books and academic articles.