Interplay of gender subtext and local culture in the organizational logic: the case of a textile factory in Turkey

Bespinar F. U., Topal Ç.

COMMUNITY WORK & FAMILY, vol.21, pp.292-309, 2018 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/13668803.2017.1303447
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.292-309
  • Keywords: Organizational logic, gender subtext, conservative local ulture, workplace, Turkey, WORKPLACE, DISCRIMINATION, WOMEN, WORK, AUTHORITY, VIOLENCE, NORMS, RACE, GAP
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper examines gender as a constitutive element of inequality regimes in the workplace. The organizational logic of workplace is reproduced through accepted but unequal policies and principles. The organizational dynamics of the gendered workplace are embedded in the articulation of global and local markets. The article elaborates on the nature of the organizational logic by focusing on the local dynamics of a Central Anatolian city, Corum, based on a case study conducted in Turkey. We observe how capitalist organizational logic and gender subtext operate in and through the conservative culture specific to this locality. Through the interactions between employers and employees, the engagement between the capitalist organization and gender subtext constructs the realities of workplace. Workers' responses to the structural, cultural, interactional and identity dynamics of the organization are to be understood within the triangle of skill, care and honour in capitalist organizational logic. Embedded in all these responses is a specific emphasis on virtuous female worker. Such an ideal worker fits both the capitalist organizational logic and patriarchal system.