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Beyond ourselves: Passion and the dark side of identification in an ethical organization

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Show simple item record Kenny, Kate 2012-04-27T10:39:59Z 2012-04-27T10:39:59Z 2010-09
dc.identifier.citation Kenny, K.M. (2010) 'Beyond ourselves: Passion and the dark side of identification in an ethical organization'. Human Relations, 63 :857-873. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1741-282X
dc.description.abstract How are organizational discourses enacted by people at work? In this article, instead of treating subjects as somewhat distinct from such discourses, I argue that the two are inescapably intertwined. The concept of 'ek-stasis' helps us to understand this. Ekstasis invokes an idea of the 'self' that, through processes of identification, is always located outside of itself, embedded in a wider sociality. I explore this dynamic through an in-depth study of the powerful discourse of 'ethical living', and its enactment in one contemporary development sector organization, EWH. This ek-static enactment was somewhat ambivalent: involving mutual recognition between colleagues, but also processes of exclusion and policing. I highlight how attention to feeling and passion was important in understanding the relation between workplace discourse and identification processes, in this setting. This study shows that a view of workplace selves as ek-static is useful for understanding the enactment of discourse at work, and that this enactment can be both passionate and ambivalent. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Human Relations en
dc.subject Gender theory en_US
dc.subject Identification en_US
dc.subject Organization studies en_US
dc.subject Participant observation en_US
dc.subject Passion en_US
dc.subject Subjection en_US
dc.subject Discourse en_US
dc.subject Subjectivities en_US
dc.subject Management en_US
dc.subject Identity en_US
dc.subject Project en_US
dc.subject Power en_US
dc.subject Self en_US
dc.title Beyond ourselves: Passion and the dark side of identification in an ethical organization en_US
dc.type Article en_US 2012-04-26T15:13:38Z
dc.identifier.doi DOI 10.1177/0018726709345042
dc.local.publishedsource en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed
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dc.internal.rssid 1137832 Kate Kenny, School Of Political Science, & Sociology, Room 220, Aras Moyola, Nui Galway. 5401 Email:
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