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Autoethnographic Writing

  • Ajnesh Prasad
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Abstract

Extending the works of scholars who have elucidated writing as the quintessential site for social transformation, the aim of this chapter is to locate the myriad possibilities for actualizing Donna Haraway’s concept of cyborg writing in the field of organization studies by adopting autoethnographic-inflected approaches to research. I contend that cyborg writing functions as a discursive mechanism by which to disrupt Enlightenment ideals of Cartesian duality, objectivity, and rationality. These ideals inform the very structure of masculine privilege that emerges from having a society that is organized along androcentric values. Situating the scholarship of Jo Brewis, a contemporary scholar in the field, I illuminate how cyborg writing can be practiced effectively through autoethnography, whereby greater richness is imparted into conceptualizations of, and theorizing on, organizational and management phenomena. I conclude the chapter with a discussion of the implications of cyborg writing, and with the identification of two trajectories that scholars can pursue in future studies. Progress along these two paths will move toward actualizing the feminist project for gender egalitarianism.

Keywords

Androcentricism Autoethnography Brewis Cyborg writing Gender Haraway 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ajnesh Prasad
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Royal Roads UniversityVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Tecnologico de MonterreyMexico CityMexico

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