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dc.contributor.authorKenny, Kate
dc.identifier.citationKenny, K. (2011) Industrial Schools and identification: Revisiting the total institution Identities and Critical Management Studies stream at the 7th International Critical Management Studies Conference, Naples, Italyen_US
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, I revisit a forgotten empirical site, Ireland's industrial schools. Thousands of children lived and worked in these organizations from an early age until adulthood. They were hidden from mainstream Irish society, and their complaints about systematic physical and sexual abuse were continuously ignored. Recently, some survivor accounts have emerged. Exploring these, I draw on a concept that is no longer in fashion among organization scholars: Erving Goffman's notion of the total institution. Specifically, I examine his ideas on selfhood within such institutions. Building on these, and in light of evidence from Ireland's industrial schools, I consider emerging work within organization studies that engages with poststructural psychoanalysis to understand selfhood, affect and subjectivity. In this way, this paper proposes to explore new avenues for researching an under-studied aspect of organizational life.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofIdentities and Critical Management Studies stream at the 7th International Critical Management Studies Conference, Naples, Italy.en
dc.subjectIndustrial schools (Ireland)en_US
dc.subjectTotal institutionsen_US
dc.titleIndustrial Schools and identification: Revisiting the total institutionen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
dc.local.contactKate Kenny, School Of Political Science, & Sociology, Room 220, Aras Moyola, Nui Galway. 5401 Email:

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