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Self-representation of marginalized groups: A new way of thinking through W.E.B. Du Bois

Self-representation of marginalized groups: A new way of thinking through W.E.B. Du Bois
Self-representation of marginalized groups: A new way of thinking through W.E.B. Du Bois
I address an interesting puzzle of how marginalized groups gain self-representation and influence firms’ strategies. Accordingly, I examine the case of access to low cost HIV/AIDS drugs in South Africa by integrating W.E.B. Du Bois’s work into stakeholder theory. Du Bois’s scholarly work, most notably his founding contribution to Black scholarship, has profound significance in the humanities and social sciences disciplines, and has vast potential to inspire a new way of thinking and doing research in the management and organization fields, including business ethics research. By drawing on Du Bois’s works I argue that through reconstruction of their selves—knowing their souls—marginalized groups know their capabilities better, enabling them to overcome their political and strategic limitations and ensure their true self-representation. They are also empowered to use political imagination and strategies of resistance against more powerful opponents. This influences powerful actors to accept the demands of marginalized groups.
1052-150X
Chowdhury, Rashedur
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Chowdhury, Rashedur
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Chowdhury, Rashedur (2021) Self-representation of marginalized groups: A new way of thinking through W.E.B. Du Bois. Business Ethics Quarterly. (In Press)

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I address an interesting puzzle of how marginalized groups gain self-representation and influence firms’ strategies. Accordingly, I examine the case of access to low cost HIV/AIDS drugs in South Africa by integrating W.E.B. Du Bois’s work into stakeholder theory. Du Bois’s scholarly work, most notably his founding contribution to Black scholarship, has profound significance in the humanities and social sciences disciplines, and has vast potential to inspire a new way of thinking and doing research in the management and organization fields, including business ethics research. By drawing on Du Bois’s works I argue that through reconstruction of their selves—knowing their souls—marginalized groups know their capabilities better, enabling them to overcome their political and strategic limitations and ensure their true self-representation. They are also empowered to use political imagination and strategies of resistance against more powerful opponents. This influences powerful actors to accept the demands of marginalized groups.

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Accepted/In Press date: 13 January 2021

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Local EPrints ID: 446215
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/446215
ISSN: 1052-150X
PURE UUID: d92497a5-608c-4f95-880d-ab0256a8464b
ORCID for Rashedur Chowdhury: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5118-8344

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Date deposited: 28 Jan 2021 17:33
Last modified: 13 Dec 2021 03:31

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