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Preserving the Generative Potential of Identity Scholarship: The Value of Writerly Texts

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sandra Corlett



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Oxford Press, 2019.

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The field of identity and, more specifically, identity work continues to blossom, encompassing contributions from different traditions of scholarship. Through an analysis of contributions in the areas of identity work and struggles, and space/place, we suggest the field’s expansion in four respects; conceptual, theoretical, thematic, and methodological. Our subsequent discussion draws on Barthes’ (1990 [1974]) distinction between readerly and writerly texts to examine critically the writing practices through which contributions are established, and through which dialogue between different traditions and perspectives is both delimited and opened up. We conclude by offering reflections on the challenges of publishing the type of complex, plural work we are advocating, and make suggestions regarding the possibilities for ensuring identity remains a generative means of exploring the dynamics of organization.

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Author(s): McInnes P, Corlett S

Editor(s): Brown A

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: The Oxford Handbook of Identities in Organizations

Year: 2019

Print publication date: 16/01/2020

Acceptance date: 16/01/2019

Publisher: Oxford Press

Place Published: Oxford, UK


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ISBN: 9780198827115