Hegemony self-critique. How men in finance question aspects of masculine and economic hegemony from within

Thym, Anika. (2018) Hegemony self-critique. How men in finance question aspects of masculine and economic hegemony from within. In: Unsustainable Institutions of Men. Transnational Dispersed Centres, Gender Power, Contradictions. London, pp. 71-86.

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This chapter examines critical self-reflections by men in leading positions in finance concerning the importance of gender and finance for society. It aims at exploring possibilities and limits of (emancipatory) critique which originates from a position of power. How do these actors themselves reflect on their practices? This question is raised against the background of feminist contentions on 'hegemony self-critique', that is, the critical reflection - from a hegemonic position - on one's entanglement in relations of power and domination. While some argue that emancipatory critique concerning gender and class is not possible from the standpoint of the ruling class or gender, others insist that it is both possible and necessary for progressive social transformations towards more sustainability, solidarity and freedom. Transcending domination also implies not wanting to dominate and critically reflecting on one's tendencies to position oneself as superior. This chapter first depicts the broader constellation and challenges of these feminist contentions. Second, it addresses the question empirically by analysing five autobiographical books by men who were in leading positions in finance. Third, it introduces the concept of 'hegemony self-critique' as theoretical entry to conceptualizing these self-reflections. Finally, it illuminates conditions of possibility for emancipatory hegemony self-critique and coalitions.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Gender Studies
UniBasel Contributors:Thym, Anika
Item Type:Book Section
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Series Name:Routledge advances in feminist studies and intersectionality
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