Laura Mitchell

Laura Mitchell
The University of York · York Management School

PhD in Management
Working on delayed manuscript & developing new activity on play! Pls email for full-texts laura.mitchell@york.ac.uk

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Introduction
My research interests focus on moral valuation and conflict as it plays out in organisations, both in the circumstances of business and more broadly in a range of alternative organisations who demonstrate different (i.e. non-commercial) priorities. My work takes a performative view of dignity and organisation and considers how org cultures and social contexts of unequal relations impact moral judgement. I am currently researching play as a context for moral education.

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Publications (20)
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This account of a UK live-action roleplay (LARP) event highlights complex shifts between different interpretive frames, foregrounding the role of the physical setting as well as of non-players and locals in providing symbolic resources that inhibit or support breaking frames. The conception of framing used here draws upon and extends Goffman’s defi...
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The pursuit of good, dignified work in the form of employment has lost some of its traction in recent UK political debates, as austerity and extremes of injustice have come to the fore. Nonetheless, much of the debate on dignity and the significance of paid employment as a means of social participation continues to inform such public concerns. Th...
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In this chapter we take a cultural interpretative perspective on passion and entrepreneurship to explore how passions are discovered in becoming an embodied entrepreneur as part of community. Taking the view that an entrepreneur is always, already, a part of her social networks, passions emerge as an affective response to market uncertainty. In our...
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Dignity is discussed not only in work and organisation, or politics and human rights, but also in health, philosophy and a range of other literatures. The concept is not always similarly defined, so this chapter outlines the key features to look out for in comparing what authors mean when they discuss 'dignity'. These six features incorporate speci...
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This book presents a curated collection of writings from members of the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (SCOS), past and present, on the nature of studying organizations. Because the scholarly membership has emerged over 30 years, it summarises what the process of Becoming SCOS has involved. Members recount their personal and intell...
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The new second edition of Contemporary Issues in Management is a must have for anyone teaching or wishing to better understand the field of critical management studies. The book combines a range of theoretical essays with insights into the present-day world of work, business and organizing, gathering together cases from banking and financial servic...
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Revised and extended for its second edition, Contemporary Issues in Management provides a unique up-to-date view of the ‘messy reality’ of the complex management dilemmas facing workers and managers in the business environment today. Using a critical approach, the contributors offer original perspectives on organisational behaviour and the sociol...
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A structured literature review of sources on dignity, work and employment. Provides a brief comparison between dignity and related concepts such as decent work, meaningful work, alienation and recognition.
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In this article, we focus on the Herdwick sheep breed of the Cumbrian upland fells as it appears in representations of the Lake District and its industries. We treat the Herdwick as an actor in a network of heterogeneous relations between humans and nonhumans. Looking at a broad selection of representations of Lake District businesses we consider...
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We argue that human-animal studies (HAS) literature is essential for theorizing work because it fosters a reflexive questioning of humanist power and a more sophisticated understanding of the co-dependency and co-creativity between the species. We highlight that the neglect of nonhuman animals in organization studies stems from a preoccupation with...
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What is dignity? Without doubt, it is a problematic term surrounded by ambiguity and contradiction, one addressed in a wide variety of ways by different contributors within this collection. From the perspective of those interested in the conduct of empirical research, dignity presents a particular problem not dissimilar to qualities such as leaders...
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The concept of dignity has traditionally been framed by ideas of human rights, such as respect, worth, and esteem. It is a notion that does not usually extend beyond human social interactions within our homes and workplaces. This is largely explained by powerful and ancient distinctions between ‘us’ and ‘them’, based not only on physical and genomi...
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This paper examines volunteers as workers in the leisure activity of festival-scale UK live-action roleplaying. The descriptive term ‘monsters’ is native within the field, referring to volunteer roles often involving dramatic performance of a ‘villain’ as opposed to the roles played by paying player ‘characters’. The term highlights the paradoxical...
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This paper aims to outline the possibilities for workers in capitalist systems to escape from logics of worth that categorise them as part of an industrial or market machine. Recognising the conflicting demands placed on workers as consumers, authors such as Kozinets (2002) emphasise that any success in escaping the market is at best, temporary and...
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Interest in dignity and work has been growing, and underlying this interest in the organization studies literature is an acknowledgement that the two are in tension, as indicated by classic authors in the field. Yet it is not clear how the concept of dignity ought to be theorised, despite several significant empirically-founded studies. Hodson’s in...
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"“Clawed, decaying fingers burst through the wall, crumbling the plaster into dust. Instinct takes over: I stumble over a chair and push somebody out of my escape route. This is no longer a game.” Lovecraft inspired live roleplay games, like the one described above, make use of a variety of spaces in the UK landscape, with game organisers unleash...

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