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Theorizing gender desegregation as political work: The case of the Welsh Labour Party

Smolović Jones, Owain; Smolović Jones, Sanela; Taylor, Scott; Yarrow, Emily


Sanela Smolović Jones

Scott Taylor

Emily Yarrow


Organization studies offers a detailed understanding of the roots of gender segregation and the obstacles to its dismantling in practice but has not proposed a conceptual framework that can help us understand how radical forms of desegregation may be made sense of and approached, particularly within a hotly contested organizational context. We provide an empirical analysis of the UK's only positive discrimination intervention, in the British Labour Party, and offer a conceptual framework of desegregation as political work, contributing by expanding knowledge of the contestations and possibilities inherent in desegregating organizations. We argue that successful radical desegregation is based on disrupting and contesting the foundational ontological values and identifications of a profession or organization, as gender is intimately enmeshed in these. From this basis we propose two political practices of desegregation: ‘standing up’ and ‘walking with’.


Smolović Jones, O., Smolović Jones, S., Taylor, S., & Yarrow, E. (2022). Theorizing gender desegregation as political work: The case of the Welsh Labour Party. Gender, Work and Organization, 29(6), 1747-1763.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Apr 13, 2020
Publication Date 2022-11
Deposit Date Jan 7, 2024
Journal Gender, Work & Organization
Print ISSN 0968-6673
Electronic ISSN 1468-0432
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 6
Pages 1747-1763
Keywords Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management; Gender Studies
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