Organizational Autoethnographies: Power and Identity in Our Working Lives

  • 4h 37m
  • Andrew F. Herrmann
  • Taylor and Francis
  • 2017

This text takes a new approach to autoethnography by using personal narratives to analyze our work across multiple disciplines and subdisciplines. These stories feature authors working at the intersections of autoethnography and critical theory within a given organizational context. Organizations are not simply entities, but systems of meaning. As such they are sites of cultural practices and performances, and of domination, resistance and struggle. Working at the intersection of organizational studies and autoethnography, this book explores the ability of autoethnographic and personal narrative approaches to generate important, innovative, and empowering understandings of difference, discourses, and identities, while attending to the various powerful dynamics that are at play in organizations. These are stories of work, at work, and help to finally bring theory and direct exemplars together.

About the Author

Andrew F. Herrmann is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at East Tenessee State University (ETSU). He received a B.A. in philosophy from Ramapo College of New Jersey (Mahwah), an M.A. in Communication from Saint Louis University, and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of South Florida (Tampa). In between degrees, he maintained fruitful careers in information technology and graphic design.

In this Book

  • Foreword
  • Introduction—An Autoethnography of an Organizational Autoethnography Book
  • Power, Emotional Labor, and Intersectional Identity at Work—I Would Not Kiss My Boss but I Did Not Speak up
  • Stroking My Rifle like the Body of a Woman—A Woman's Socialization into the U.S. Army
  • Working on it—Family Narratives of Masculinity, Disability, and Work-Life Balance
  • Dolly, Ellie May, and Me—My Southern Appalachian Working Identity
  • Sensemaking in the Dialysis Clinic
  • How Rainbow Gatherings Work—(Dis)organization in Small Acts
  • Good Ol' Boys and Their Analog Networks
  • Broken Promises—Psychological Contract Breach, Organizational Exit, and Occupational Change