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Bridging the contradictions of social constructionism and psychoanalysis in a study of workplace emotions in India

journal contribution
posted on 09.12.2015, 12:03 by Eda Ulus, Y. Gabriel
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.

History

Citation

Culture and Organization, 2016

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Management

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Culture and Organization

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles

issn

1475-9551

eissn

1477-2760

Acceptance date

07/12/2015

Copyright date

2015

Available date

28/07/2017

Publisher version

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14759551.2015.1131688

Notes

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Language

en