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Title: Encountering the Arugula Leaf: The Failure of the Imaginary and its Implications for Research on Identity in Organizations
Authors: Driver, Michaela
First Published: Jul-2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Organization, 2009, 16 (4), pp. 487-504
Abstract: The article reviews research on identity in organizations. It suggests that current research reiterates imaginary constructions of identity by which identity can be defined as coherent or fragmented. Based on a psychoanalytic understanding of subjectivity, it explores how articulating identity as lack may unsettle such imaginary constructions. The article develops the significant implications this has for how identity is conceptualized and researched and, importantly, how the failure of imaginary identity constructions relates to resistance and control in organizations. The article provides new directions for the study of identity in organizations particularly with respect to widening the discursive spaces in which creative identity struggles occur.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1350508409104505
ISSN: 1350-5084
eISSN: 1461-7323
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © The Author 2009. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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