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The elephant in the room: Critical management studies conferences as a site of body pedagogics

Bell, Emma and King, Daniel (2010). The elephant in the room: Critical management studies conferences as a site of body pedagogics. Management Learning, 41(4) pp. 429–442.

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This article explores conferences as an inter-corporeal space wherein body pedagogics are enacted, enabling the acquisition of techniques, skills and dispositions that allow newcomers to demonstrate their proficiency as members of a culture. The bodies of conference participants constitute the surface onto which culture is inscribed, these normalizing practices enabling academic power relations to be constructed and identities internalized. An autoethnographic analysis of critical management studies (CMS) conferences forms the basis for identification of the bodily dispositions of control and endurance which characterize the proficient CMS academic. The article considers the potential silencing effects associated with these practices that generate a between-men culture that excludes difference and reinforces masculine values. It concludes by reviewing the implications of body pedagogics for understanding how other organizational cultures are constructed.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Author(s)
ISSN: 1350-5076
Keywords: Autoethnography; conferences; critical management studies; embodiment; power
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for People and Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 48614
Depositing User: Emma Bell
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2017 15:48
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:48
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