Dancing in the office: A study of gestures as resistance

Reinhold, Emilie; Schnugg, Claudia and Barthold, Charles (2018). Dancing in the office: A study of gestures as resistance. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 34(2) pp. 162–169.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scaman.2018.05.001


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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