A femininity that ‘giveth and taketh away’: The prosperity gospel and postfeminism in the neoliberal economy

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This article explores how postfeminist and prosperity gospel discourses intersect in an organizational context to produce a particular ideal of feminine subjectivity that reproduces a neoliberal agenda. We focus on narratives written by female national vice presidents in a multi-national network marketing organization headquartered in America. Network marketing tends to attract a vast number of women who are enticed by grand messages of material and spiritual riches; however, such messages are often at odds with the precarious and uncertain working conditions. We contribute to gender and organization scholarship by introducing the concept of evangelical entrepreneurial femininity to explore the tensions and demands that are placed on women in an organizational context where postfeminism and prosperity gospel discourses intersect. In doing so, we question the expectations and constraints that many working women negotiate in this neoliberal age of alleged ‘freedom’ and ‘equality’, and raise a number of concerns for feminist critique.


  • Katie Sullivan
  • Helen Delaney
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • University of Auckland

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Genusstudier
  • Ekonomi och näringsliv


Sidor (från-till)836-859
Antal sidor24
TidskriftHuman Relations
Utgåva nummer7
Tidigt onlinedatum2016 nov 21
StatusPublished - 2017 jul 1
Peer review utfördJa