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“We were fighting for our place”: Resisting gender knowledge regimes through feminist knowledge network formation

Jones, SA and Dy, A and Vershinina, N (2018) “We were fighting for our place”: Resisting gender knowledge regimes through feminist knowledge network formation. Gender, Work and Organization. ISSN 0968-6673

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Abstract

The transformative potential of feminist knowledge in the disciplines of entrepreneurship, business and management has arguably been hindered by persistent gender knowledge regimes that marginalise feminist scholarship and channel widely-applicable gender expertise into niche streams, conferences and publication outlets. Whilst offering valuable spaces for feminist knowledge production, removing gender expertise from mainstream fora reduces its centrality to broader debates, maintaining its marginality and limiting its impact. Taking a collaborative autoethnographic approach, we explore the formation and development of a UK-based organisation for feminist entrepreneurship scholars, the Gender and Enterprise Network, as a means of collective resistance to this perpetuation of enforced marginality. Our network challenges extant gender knowledge regimes and offers transformative opportunities within and outside of our respective organisations, providing insights for others wishing to form similar networks and contributing to ongoing debates on the value and valuing of feminist knowledge.

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