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Bodyspace at the pub: Sexual orientations and organizational space

Riach, Kathleen and Wilson, Fiona (2014) 'Bodyspace at the pub: Sexual orientations and organizational space.' Organization, 21 (3). pp. 329-345. ISSN 1350-5084

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Abstract

In this article we argue that sexuality is not only an undercurrent of service environments, but is integral to the way that these workspaces are experienced and negotiated. Through drawing on Sara Ahmed’s (2006a) ‘orientation’ thesis, we develop a concept of ‘bodyspace’ to suggest that individuals understand, shape and make meaning of work spaces through complex sexually-orientated negotiations. Presenting analysis from a study of UK pubs, we explore bodyspace in the lived experience of workplace sexuality through three elements of orientation: background; bodily dwelling; and lines of directionality. Our findings show how organizational spaces afford or mitigate possibilities for particular bodies, which simultaneously shape expectations and experiences of sexuality at work. Bodyspace therefore provides one way of exposing the connection between sexual ‘orientation’ and the lived experience of service sector work.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ahmed, embodiment, hospitality, phenomenology, service, sector sexuality space
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Users 161 not found.
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2014 09:42
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2014 09:42
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10868

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