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Title: Bridging the contradictions of social constructionism and psychoanalysis in a study of workplace emotions in India
Authors: Ulus, Eda
Gabriel, Y.
First Published: 28-Jan-2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
Citation: Culture and Organization, 2016
Abstract: This article makes a contribution to the study of emotions in organizations by offering a systematic juxtaposition and cross-fertilization of psychoanalytic and social constructionist approaches. These two traditions have found it hard to communicate in the past when addressing organizational emotions. Points of similarity and tension between them are discussed in connection with two critical case studies of female Indian managers discussing their emotions at the workplace. These were obtained during field work in which emotions were studied through narratives generated by a free-association interview approach. Both the emotions described in the narratives themselves and the emotions of the interview encounter were analysed, as resources for a rapprochement of contrasting perspectives on emotion. This rapprochement acknowledges the psychoanalytic emphasis on unconscious dynamics shaping the emotional lives of individuals and groups, while also honouring the social constructionist emphasis on how emotions are influenced by social, cultural and discursive practices.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14759551.2015.1131688
ISSN: 1475-9551
eISSN: 1477-2760
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015, Taylor & Francis. All rights reserved. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Culture and Organization on 28 January 2016, available online:
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