ERIC Number: ED211884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Women Consulting With Women: Feminist Ideology and Organizational Structure and Process.
Blanton, Judith S.
This model provides recommendations for possible interventions by women consultants working with feminist organizations. The issues, although discussed in this context, are considered to have implications for any consultant to a group which operates from a strong ideological basis. Eight characteristics of feminist organizations that are relevant to consultation are enumerated and discussed: (1) the organizations commitment to ideology may make entry difficult; (2) goals tend to be vague and grandiose and resources small; (3) emphasis focuses on egalitarian leadership and opposition to hierarchical structure; (4) the organization is attentive to interpersonal processes and accepting of emotional expression; (5) a sense of support/community is a major factor in joining the organization; (6) commitment for principles, not money, is the cause for involvement; (7) deviation from principles may be heretical and reaction toward deviants may be highly charged; and (8) ambivalence about relating to outside institutions exists. For each characteristic, implications for consultants are considered. An appended chart summarizes each point in an outline form. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981). Best copy available.