‘Brand work’: Constructing assemblages in gendered creative labour

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Nina H Kivinen, Carolyn Hunter
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publication year: 2018
Journal: Human Relations
ISSN: 0018-7267


Recent work has highlighted how brands play an important role within organizational practice. To extend this discussion, we ask: how do gendered media brands come into being in an organization by connecting ideas, objects and people? This article challenges the assumption that brands simply reflect management norms by positioning the brand as an ?assemblage? of multiple connections and linkages, simultaneously shaping and being shaped by those that partake in its production. Employees engage in ?brand work?; that is, the negotiation of the assemblages of the brand in situated and gendered practices. Brand work is explored here in the gendered creative labour of producing girls? magazines. Two studies of pre-teen and teenage girls? magazines in the UK and a Nordic country were analysed in relation to how multiple brand fragments were situated in gendered practices and power relations. Brand work offers an alternative, fragmented perspective to normative forms of control, introducing a simultaneous territorialization and deterritorialization process of stabilization and contestation of the assemblage.


assemblage, brand work, control, creative labour, gender, girlhood

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