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Sexuality, Power and Resistance in the Workplace

Sexuality, Power and Resistance in the Workplace This paper investigates whether the expression of sexuality in organizations represents an opportunity for employee resistance or increased management control. It draws upon an empirical study of a high-commitment culture programme that encouraged both heterosexual and homosexual discourses. The study reveals a complex scenario in which sexuality is simultaneously a facet of control, a site of empowerment and an object of resistance. It is suggested that a multilevelled conceptualization of power and resistance is required in order to untangle the complex political implications of sexuality and re-eroticization at work. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Organization Studies: An international multidisciplinary journal devoted to the Studies of organizations, organizing, and the organized in and between societies SAGE

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SAGE
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ISSN
0170-8406
eISSN
1741-3044
DOI
10.1177/0170840606068307
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Abstract

This paper investigates whether the expression of sexuality in organizations represents an opportunity for employee resistance or increased management control. It draws upon an empirical study of a high-commitment culture programme that encouraged both heterosexual and homosexual discourses. The study reveals a complex scenario in which sexuality is simultaneously a facet of control, a site of empowerment and an object of resistance. It is suggested that a multilevelled conceptualization of power and resistance is required in order to untangle the complex political implications of sexuality and re-eroticization at work.

Journal

Organization Studies: An international multidisciplinary journal devoted to the Studies of organizations, organizing, and the organized in and between societiesSAGE

Published: Feb 1, 2007

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