Organizations, Violations and their Silencing

Helena Flam, Jeff Hearn, Wendy Parkin

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Organizations have long been portrayed as rational, unemotional and neutral entities. However, recent research has shown the significance of violence, emotions and gender in and around organizations. For instance, Hearn and Parkin (1995) demonstrated the power and paradox of ‘organization sexuality’ — the interconnection between gender, power and sexuality and its pervasive influence in supposedly agendered, asexual rational worlds. Organizations, however, are not only sexualized and gendered. Emotions, though often not formally acknowledged, are ever-present in organizations (Flam 1990; 1993; 2000; Fineman 1993; 2000; 2007; Gabriel 1993; 1995). Academic, policy and workplace resistance literature has pointed to a frequent structural co-occurrence of violence, gender relations and emotions in and around organizations (Kondo 1990; Jermier et al. 1994; O’Toole/Schiffman 1997; Hearn 1998; 2003; Heise et al. 2002; WHO 2002; Ferguson et al. 2004).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmotionalizing Organizations and Organizing Emotions
EditorsÅsa Wettergren, Barbara Sieben
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780230289895
ISBN (Print)9780230250154, 9781349321070
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2010


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