Queering Control and Inclusion in the Contemporary Organization: On ‘LGBT-friendly control’ and the reproduction of (queer) value

Burchiellaro, O. 2021. Queering Control and Inclusion in the Contemporary Organization: On ‘LGBT-friendly control’ and the reproduction of (queer) value. Organization Studies. 42 (5), pp. 761-785. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840620944557

TitleQueering Control and Inclusion in the Contemporary Organization: On ‘LGBT-friendly control’ and the reproduction of (queer) value
TypeJournal article
AuthorsBurchiellaro, O.
Abstract

The paper problematizes the emergence of ‘LGBT-friendly organizations’ by examining the nascent forms of control that accompany efforts at including ‘diverse’ gender/sexual subjects in the workplace. Drawing on qualitative material collected through 25 semi-structured and in-depth ‘ethnographic interviews’ with LGBT employees who work in an ‘LGBT-friendly organization’, presented through three case studies, I argue that control in LGBT-friendly organizations operates through expectations and normativities concerning how gender/sexuality are supposed to be put to work in the (re)production of ‘queer value’. This contributes to our understanding of organizational control by thinking inclusion and control in a way which acknowledges the complicities between cultural norms and economic questions of value. I conclude by reflecting on what this can tell us about new and inclusive forms of organizing and the importance of remaining attuned to how financial imperatives control gender/sexuality by producing ‘diverse subjects’ tailored to its own needs.

Keywordsdiversity, ethnography, gender, inclusion, organizational control, queer theory, sexuality
JournalOrganization Studies
Journal citation42 (5), pp. 761-785
ISSN0170-8406
1741-3044
Year2021
PublisherSage
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
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License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840620944557
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840620944557
Publication dates
Published30 May 2021
Published online07 Jul 2020
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CC BY 4.0
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