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Theorizing dramaturgical resistance leadership from the leadership campaigns of Jeremy Corbyn

Sinha, Paresha; Smolovic Jones, Owain and Carroll, Brigid (2019). Theorizing dramaturgical resistance leadership from the leadership campaigns of Jeremy Corbyn. Human Relations (Early Access).

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What are the practices through which resistance leadership transitions from marginality to power? We present a framework of dramaturgical resistance leadership, paying particular attention to the relational dynamics between leaders, internal factions and external stakeholders. In doing so, we draw on an ‘expanded’ social drama analysis framework informed by the work of social anthropologist Victor Turner, incorporating insights from the resistance and critical leadership studies literatures. We develop our framework through a narrative case analysis of the British Labour Party’s 2015 and 2016 internal elections of its current leader Jeremy Corbyn where we identify a space between the phases of relational crisis and redress that offers possibilities for the enhancement and growth of resistance leadership. Within this space, we identify three practices of dramaturgical resistance leadership: ‘anti-establishment leadering’, ‘organizational redrawing’, and a ‘trifold focus’. These offer a means of rethinking the purpose and role of leaders within resistance movements alongside the co-constituted relations and generative practices that enable resisting groups to gain traction.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 The Authors
ISSN: 0018-7267
Keywords: Collective leadership; communitas; liminality; resistance leadership; social drama theory
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: 68279
Depositing User: Owain Smolovic Jones
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2019 09:38
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2020 17:53
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