Aesthetics and emotion in an organisational ethnography

K. Kenny

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Abstract

In this paper, I argue that an aesthetic approach can help us to better understand workplace ethnography. Ethnography is sensory by nature; it can incorporate a feeling of rightness and beauty in the experience of 'being-with' the organisation being studied. The process is inherently aesthetic. I explore this argument with an in-depth account of a researcher's experiences at a non-profit organisation. I identify the aesthetic of belonging that developed over time. This study shows how an aesthetic perspective helps us to understand the day to day experience of ethnography, and how the it can be emotionally ambivalent and somewhat dark.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-388
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Organizational ethnography
Emotion
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Nonprofit organization
Work place

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