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Title: Doing dignity : a performance view of worth in organisations
Author: Mitchell , Laura
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis examines the matter of dignity in organisations. Contending that existing work has conceived of dignity as an object, and thus has difficulty in finding dignity in empirical situations, I instead argue for a view of dignity as a performance. Thus the work presents an approach to dignity which rather than engaging with an ontology of being, examines how dignity may be conceived from an ontology of becoming (Weick 1979). Through membership and performance, it has been suggested that dignity may be understood as an ongoing achievement of persons in organisations. In order to investigate how this is done, qualitative research is undertaken in three different empirical sites. These three sites each provide a different perspective on membership, as the researcher progresses from non-participant observer in two companies, through to participating performing member in the last case of a predominantly volunteer-run performance based organisation. In investigating membership and performance, the thesis employs the work of Rolland Munro (1996; 1999) and Erving Goffman (1959; 1967) to examine the doing of dignity in organisations, identifying that the ambiguous nature of dignity lies in the mechanics of how such performances are challenged or affirmed. Finally, the doing of dignity as a performed accomplishment is identified as a process involving the use of various resources, and the organisation is shown as just one source of those.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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