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

Bell, E. and King, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-0277-8444, 2010. The elephant in the room: critical management studies conferences as a site of body pedagogics. Management Learning, 41 (4), pp. 429-442. ISSN 1350-5076


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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 patriarchal values. It concludes by reviewing the implications of body pedagogics for understanding how other organizational cultures are constructed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Management Learning
Creators: Bell, E. and King, D.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 2010
Volume: 41
Number: 4
ISSN: 1350-5076
Rights: © The Author(s) 2010
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:14
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:53

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