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Allison, K., Gregoratti, C. & Tornhill, S. (2019). From the academy to the boardroom: Methodological challenges and insights on transnational business feminism. Feminist review (Print) (121), 53-65
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From the academy to the boardroom: Methodological challenges and insights on transnational business feminism
2019 (English)In: Feminist review (Print), ISSN 0141-7789, E-ISSN 1466-4380, no 121, p. 53-65Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Increasingly, corporations are championing the cause of gender equality and women's empowerment in the Global South. Tapping into notions about women's role as caregivers, empowerment promotion is simultaneously meant to lead to family and community development, profitability for those who invest in women and girls and economic growth. While emerging feminist scholarship on this kind of 'transnational business feminism' (TBF) (Roberts, 2012, 2015) has largely scrutinised gender governance based on visual and textual materials produced by corporations themselves, this article expands the methodological engagement with TBF by reflecting on how we translated the concept into two distinct field-based research projects. The article compares and contrasts our situated fieldwork experiences, focusing in particular on accessing corporate elites and development partners and the epistemological rifts that emerged in conversations with them. It documents how our experiences of blockages, hostile relations and miscommunications have shaped our critical feminist research, and points to some of the power relations at work within TBF.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2019
Keywords
feminism, corporations, methodology, development, access, knowledge
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Social Sciences, Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81703 (URN)10.1177/0141778918817739 (DOI)000461764700005 ()
Available from: 2019-04-05 Created: 2019-04-05 Last updated: 2019-04-05Bibliographically approved
Gregoratti, C., Roberts, A. & Tornhill, S. (2018). Corporations, gender equality and women's empowerment: feminism co-opted?. In: Andreas Nölke & Christian May (Ed.), Handbook of the International Political Economy of the Corporation: (pp. 93-105). Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Corporations, gender equality and women's empowerment: feminism co-opted?
2018 (English)In: Handbook of the International Political Economy of the Corporation / [ed] Andreas Nölke & Christian May, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018, p. 93-105Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018
Series
Handbooks of Reseach on International Political Economy
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-79150 (URN)978-1-78536-252-1 (ISBN)978-1-78536-253-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-12-10 Created: 2018-12-10 Last updated: 2018-12-12Bibliographically approved
Gunnarsson Payne, J. & Tornhill, S. (2018). Düşmanın Düşmanı: Queerfeminist anti-kapitalist tasavvurlara duyulan ihtiyaç ve toplumsal cinsiyet karşıtı politikalar. Kaos GL, 163, 43-46
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Düşmanın Düşmanı: Queerfeminist anti-kapitalist tasavvurlara duyulan ihtiyaç ve toplumsal cinsiyet karşıtı politikalar
2018 (Turkish)In: Kaos GL, ISSN 1302-5015, Vol. 163, p. 43-46Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [tr]

Bu kısa makalede, eleştirel feminizme düşen bu iki zorlu görevi, toplumsal cinsiyet eşitliği ve cinsel çeşitliliğin radikal bir şekilde tekrardan politize edilmesi meselesini tartışacağız. 

Ekonomik rekabet ve büyümeye dair hâkim çıkarları ile çatışmadıkça kapitalizm, ekolojik tüketimden kadınların güçlenmesine, LGBT haklarından barışa her türlü şeyi kucaklayabileceğini kanıtlamıştır. Kadınların güçlenmesi, büyük-ölçekli şirketler gibi bir dizi neo-liberal küresel yönetim aktörlerince desteklenirken, solcu ve feminist eleştirmenler feminizmin bu şekilde kullanımının depolitize edici sonuçları olabileceğine dikkat çekmiştir (Fraser 2009; Eisenstein 2009; Roberts 2015).  

Fakat toplumsal cinsiyet eşitliğinin tekrardan politize edilmesi için yapılan feminist çağrılar, akademik ve aktivist çevrelerin dışında pek bir etki yaratmadı. Bunun yerine, beklenmedik bir şekilde, toplumsal cinsiyet ve cinsellik meseleleri başka bir alanda tekrardan politize edildi: giderek daha çok ulusal ve uluslararası, dindar ve seküler muhafazakâr aktör, toplumsal cinsiyet eşitliğini temel alan politik perspektife, cinsellik eğitimine, kadına karşı şiddet ile mücadele etmeye yönelik BM politikalarına, eşcinsel evlilik ve kürtaj gibi meseleleri kapsayan ve adına “toplumsal cinsiyet ideolojisi” dedikleri şeye karşı birleşti. Yıllardır süren örgütlenmelerinin sonucunda, bu aktörlerin etkileri küresel, yapılanmaları ise genelde ulus aşırı hale geldi (bkz. ör. Kuhar & Paternotte 2017; Korolczuk & Graff 2018). 

Peki, toplumsal cinsiyet eşitliği, cinsel çeşitlilik ve toplumsal cinsiyet karşıtı hareketlerin depolitize edici mutabakatlarının buluştuğu bu kavşağın ortasında, “toplumsal cinsiyeti” yeniden politize etmek için seçenekler neler? Benzer bir şekilde, küresel şirketler toplumsal cinsiyet eşitliğinin ve LGBTQ haklarının destekçileri olarak ortaya çıktığında, bunun sonucunda da toplumsal cinsiyet karşıtı hareketin hedefi haline geldiğinde, düşmanın düşmanını dost haline getirmek için alternatifler nelerdir? Bu kısa makalede, eleştirel feminizme düşen bu iki zorlu görevi, toplumsal cinsiyet eşitliği ve cinsel çeşitliliğin radikal bir şekilde tekrardan politize edilmesi meselesini tartışacağız.

National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Social Sciences, Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-79151 (URN)
Available from: 2018-12-10 Created: 2018-12-10 Last updated: 2019-05-16Bibliographically approved
Tornhill, S. (2016). A bulletin board of dreams: corporate empowerment promotion and feminist implications. International feminist journal of politics, 18(4), 528-543
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A bulletin board of dreams: corporate empowerment promotion and feminist implications
2016 (English)In: International feminist journal of politics, ISSN 1461-6742, E-ISSN 1468-4470, Vol. 18, no 4, p. 528-543Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the premises of corporate solutions to gender inequality in the Global South. In feminist debates, businesses' increasing emphasis on women's empowerment has been discussed both in terms of increasing feminist impact and the co-optation of feminist demands. To explore the ideological effects of corporate gender practices, focus is placed on the Coca-Cola Company's global 5by20 campaign, which has the stated aim to empower five million women as small-scale entrepreneurs around the world and, in a win-win fashion, to double sales by 2020. Based on interviews and participatory observations in Mexico, this article traces a particular narrative of empowerment, envisioned as a transition from dependency to self-sufficiency and threatened by psychological and cultural restraints rather than material conditions. It shows that self-help and positive thinking are essential affective drives, thus reinforcing market-based, individualized development strategies. In response to feminist debates, the article concludes that corporate gender practices can be seen as part of a neoliberal transposition of equality concerns from a political to an economic domain. In effect, when initiatives such as 5by20 promote the accumulation of human capital to enhance gender equality, they simultaneously work to legitimize the inequalities that are necessarily entailed in competitive capitalism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2016
Keywords
Women's empowerment, transnational corporations, entrepreneurship, emotional capitalism, Mexico
National Category
Political Science Sociology Gender Studies
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-73048 (URN)10.1080/14616742.2016.1190214 (DOI)000392626100003 ()
Available from: 2018-04-19 Created: 2018-04-19 Last updated: 2018-05-02Bibliographically approved
Tornhill, S. (2016). Improvisation och reflexivitet i studiet av den globala ekonomin. In: Maria-Therese Gustafsson & Livia Johannesson (Ed.), Introduktion till politisk etnografi: Metoder för statsvetare (pp. 43-62). Gleerups Utbildning AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Improvisation och reflexivitet i studiet av den globala ekonomin
2016 (Swedish)In: Introduktion till politisk etnografi: Metoder för statsvetare / [ed] Maria-Therese Gustafsson & Livia Johannesson, Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2016, p. 43-62Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2016
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-73081 (URN)978-91-40-69210-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-04-19 Created: 2018-04-19 Last updated: 2018-05-02Bibliographically approved
Tornhill, S. (2016). The wins of corporate gender politics: Coca-Cola and female microentrepreneurship in South Africa. In: Kate Grosser, Lauren McCarthy & Maureen A. Kilgour (Ed.), Gender equality and responsible business: Expanding CSR Horizons (pp. 185-202). Greenleaf Publishing Ltd
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The wins of corporate gender politics: Coca-Cola and female microentrepreneurship in South Africa
2016 (English)In: Gender equality and responsible business: Expanding CSR Horizons / [ed] Kate Grosser, Lauren McCarthy & Maureen A. Kilgour, Greenleaf Publishing Ltd, 2016, p. 185-202Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Greenleaf Publishing Ltd, 2016
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-73083 (URN)978-1-78353-438-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-04-19 Created: 2018-04-19 Last updated: 2018-05-02Bibliographically approved
Mukhtar-Landgren, D., Tornhill, S. & Anving, T. (2015). Att sörja för de sina: Familjens reglering och skörhet. Fronesis (50-51), 8-14
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att sörja för de sina: Familjens reglering och skörhet
2015 (Swedish)In: Fronesis, ISSN 1404-2614, no 50-51, p. 8-14Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-73047 (URN)
Available from: 2018-04-19 Created: 2018-04-19 Last updated: 2018-05-02Bibliographically approved
Tornhill, S. (2015). Gender Equality Incorporated?: Coca-Cola’s and Wal-Mart’s Initiatives for Female Empowerment in Mexico. In: Yulia Gradskova and Sara K. Sanders (Ed.), Institutionalizing gender equality: historical and global perspectives (pp. 127-148). Lexington Books
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gender Equality Incorporated?: Coca-Cola’s and Wal-Mart’s Initiatives for Female Empowerment in Mexico
2015 (English)In: Institutionalizing gender equality: historical and global perspectives / [ed] Yulia Gradskova and Sara K. Sanders, Lexington Books, 2015, p. 127-148Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lexington Books, 2015
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Social Sciences, Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-73051 (URN)9781498516747 (ISBN)9781498516730 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-04-19 Created: 2018-04-19 Last updated: 2018-05-02Bibliographically approved
Brännström, L. & Tornhill, S. (2015). Wendy Brown. In: Stefan Jonsson (Ed.), Samtida politisk teori: (pp. 85-104). Stockholm: Tankekraft
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Wendy Brown
2015 (Swedish)In: Samtida politisk teori / [ed] Stefan Jonsson, Stockholm: Tankekraft , 2015, p. 85-104Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Tankekraft, 2015
National Category
Gender Studies Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-73055 (URN)9789188203052 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-04-19 Created: 2018-04-19 Last updated: 2018-05-02Bibliographically approved
Tornhill, S. (2014). Upp till kamp: socialistisk feminism och Flickorna i Dagenham (2ed.). In: Katharina Tollin & Maria Törnqvist (Ed.), Feminism i rörliga bilder: (pp. 86-115). Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Upp till kamp: socialistisk feminism och Flickorna i Dagenham
2014 (Swedish)In: Feminism i rörliga bilder / [ed] Katharina Tollin & Maria Törnqvist, Stockholm: Liber, 2014, 2, p. 86-115Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2014 Edition: 2
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Social Sciences, Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-73072 (URN)978-91-47-11134-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-04-19 Created: 2018-04-19 Last updated: 2018-05-02Bibliographically approved
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