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Dancing in the office: A study of gestures as resistance

Journal article
Authors Emilie Reinhold
C. Schnugg
C. Barthold
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Management
Volume 34
Issue 2
Pages 162-169
ISSN 0956-5221
Publication year 2018
Published at Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)
Pages 162-169
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scaman.2018.05...
Keywords Gesture, Dance, Rhythm, Resistance, Work, organizational aesthetics, work
Subject categories Work Sciences, Business Administration

Abstract

Following the art-body-ethics turn in management studies we use dance as an analogy in order to explore how the body can resist organisational control in office work contexts. We argue that in office work gestures can be a site of post-recognition resistance. Drawing on two art videos and on dance studies, we explain that this is operated either through arrest or through flow. In fact aesthetic experiments in gesturing disrupt the work rhythm needed for organisational efficiency and enforced by organisational control. This allows us to contribute primarily to the literature on resistance in organisation studies and relatedly to the growing literature on dance in organisation studies through demonstrating how dance can be a source of resistance.

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