chapter  1
15 Pages

The obfuscation of gender and feminism in CSR research and the academic community

An essay*
WithLaura J. Spence

This is a personal essay, a narrative in the feminist tradition, on the low visibility afforded to gender-awareness and feminism in corporate social responsibility. This is considered in two respects. First in terms of the academic field itself and the role which gender plays in the systems and structures of academia, within which the corporate social responsibility and business ethics fields are embedded. The second aspect of this essay is to take a broad look at the contributions of feminist and gender studies to the content of these fields of research and pedagogy. Personal experiences are linked to the extant literature, concluding with some suggestions for the future.