Un/doing chrononormativity: negotiating ageing, gender and sexuality in organizational life

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Riach, K., Rumens, N. and Tyler, M. 2014. Un/doing chrononormativity: negotiating ageing, gender and sexuality in organizational life. Organization Studies. 35 (11), pp. 1677-1698. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840614550731
TypeArticle
TitleUn/doing chrononormativity: negotiating ageing, gender and sexuality in organizational life
AuthorsRiach, K., Rumens, N. and Tyler, M.
Abstract

This paper is based on a series of ‘anti-narrative’ interviews designed to explore the ways in which lived experiences of age, gender and sexuality are negotiated and narrated within organizations in later life. It draws on Judith Butler’s performative ontology of gender, particularly her account of the ways in which the desire for recognition is shaped by heteronormativity, considering its implications for how we study ageing and organizations. In doing so, the paper develops a critique of the impact of heteronormative life course expectations on the negotiation of viable subjectivity within organizational settings. Focusing on the ways in which ‘chrononormativity’ shapes the lived experiences of ageing within organizations, at the same time as constituting an organizing process in itself, the paper draws on Butler’s concept of ‘un/doing’ in its analysis of the simultaneously affirming and negating organizational experiences of older self-identifying LGBT people. The paper concludes by emphasizing the theoretical potential of a performative ontology of ageing, gender and sexuality for organization studies, as well as the methodological insights to be derived from an ‘anti-narrative’ approach to organizational research, arguing for the need to develop a more inclusive politics of ageing within both organizational practice and research.

Research GroupDiversity and Gender group
PublisherSAGE Publications
JournalOrganization Studies
ISSN0170-8406
Electronic1741-3044
Publication dates
Print01 Nov 2014
Online04 Nov 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited01 May 2015
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840614550731
LanguageEnglish
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