“I prefer working with mares, like women, difficult in character but go the extra mile”: A study of multiple inequalities in equine (sports) business

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
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2023-11
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en
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20
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Gender, Work and Organization
Abstract
The idea that a ‘single category’-focus in the study of workplace inequality leads to oversimplification and obscures its complex nature is now generally accepted. Yet few concerns have been raised with regard to the ‘single species’-focus of inequalities in the context of management and organisation studies. In this paper, we shed light on the interplay of multiple inequalities in the multispecies, sex-integrated setting of equine (sports) business in the Belgian context, paying particular attention to showjumping activities. An Ackerian analysis reveals the persistence of gendered inequalities despite women’s ‘theoretically’ improved chances of identifying with the ideal rider construct, following changed breeding preferences and an organisational logic of ‘passion-merit’. Popular imageries of horses paradoxically reveal the lack of agency awarded to animals and the instrumental nature of the human-horse bond. This study opens the debate on how non-human animals may be integrated into core feminist organisational concepts, looking at organisational logic through a multispecies lens. We initiate a claim to knowledge about overlapping and intersecting forms of inequality in a post-humanist spirit whilst reflexively acknowledging our human-centred approach to data collection. Finally, we ponder upon the question of what ontological and methodological shifts would be required to convincingly speak of multispecies inequality regimes.
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multiple inequalities, Acker, ideal worker, multispecies inequality regimes, equine (sports) business, animal organization studies
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Jammaers , E & Huopalainen , A 2023 , ' “I prefer working with mares, like women, difficult in character but go the extra mile”: A study of multiple inequalities in equine (sports) business ' , Gender, Work and Organization , vol. 30 , no. 6 , pp. 2049-2068 . https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.13044