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I lost my baby today: Embodied writing and learning in organizations

Boncori, Ilaria and Smith, Charlotte (2018) 'I lost my baby today: Embodied writing and learning in organizations.' Management Learning. ISSN 1350-5076

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Abstract

This article focuses on miscarriage and the sharing of intimate experiences as an example of alternative writing that can be used to challenge and resist dominant masculine discourse in academia. It steps back from patriarchal forms of writing organizations and contributes in three ways: in terms of methodology through the use of multi-voice autoethnography that embraces evocative language; with regard to the subject matter, by sharing a narrative that focuses on the bodily and dirty in day-to-day organizing; and in style, by going beyond traditional structures to foster personal, fragile and reflexive narratives that can enhance the understanding of lived experiences in organizations. More specifically, the first author’s autoethnographic account of perinatal loss in the context of contemporary academia is used as an example of resistance to patriarchal norms of organizing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academia, autoethnography, miscarriage, perinatal loss, writing differently
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > International Academy
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2018 11:19
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2018 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22667

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