Sexual harassment as an exercise of power

F. Wilson, P. Thompson

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This article argues that the key to the explanation as to why sexual harassment is a feature of organizational life lies in the issue of power. Yet there has been little attempt to link sexual harassment with theories or explanatory models of power. This article first takes Lukes's (1986) three-dimensional model as a framework to explore how harassment may be understood as an exercise of power at different levels then shows how radical feminist and post-structuralist analyses overlap with and are distinct from Lukes's third dimension of power.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-83
Number of pages22
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • sexual harassment
  • sociology
  • feminism
  • human resource management


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