Quotation Delmestri, Giuseppe, Goodrick, Elizabeth. 2016. Looking away: Denial and emotions in institutional stability and change. Research in the Sociology of Organizations 48A, 233-271.




While there has been increased attention to emotions and institutions, the role of denial and repression of emotions has been overlooked. We argue that not only the expression and the feeling of emotions, but also their control through denial contribute to stabilize institutional orders. The role denial plays is that of avoiding the emergence of disruptive emotions that might motivate a challenge to the status quo. Reflecting on the example of the livestock industry, we propose a theoretical model that identifies seeds for change in denied emotional contradictions in an integration of the cultural-relational and issue-based conceptions of organizational fields.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Research in the Sociology of Organizations
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Looking away: Denial and emotions in institutional stability and change
Volume 48A
Year 2016
Page from 233
Page to 271
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X201600048A008


Delmestri, Giuseppe (Details)
Goodrick, Elizabeth (Florida Atlantic University, United States/USA)
Institute for Change Management and Management Development IN (Details)
Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility WE (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5333 Business management (Details)
5352 Human resource management, personnel management (Details)
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