Interrogating silent privileges across the work–life boundaries and careers of high-intensity knowledge professionals

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Niemistö , C , Hearn , J , Karjalainen , M & Tuori , A 2020 , ' Interrogating silent privileges across the work–life boundaries and careers of high-intensity knowledge professionals ' , Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal , vol. 15 , no. 4 , pp. 503-522 . https://doi.org/10.1108/QROM-06-2019-1775

Title: Interrogating silent privileges across the work–life boundaries and careers of high-intensity knowledge professionals
Author: Niemistö, Charlotta; Hearn, Jeff; Karjalainen, Mira; Tuori, Annamari
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Gender Studies
Date: 2020-10-15
Language: eng
Number of pages: 20
Belongs to series: Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal
ISSN: 1746-5656
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/318606
Abstract: Abstract Purpose Privilege is often silent, invisible and not made explicit, and silence is a key question for theorizing on organizations. This paper examines interrelations between privilege and silence for relatively privileged professionals in high-intensity knowledge businesses (KIBs). Design/methodology/approach This paper draws on 112 interviews in two rounds of interviews using the collaborative interactive action research method. The analysis focuses on processes of recruitment, careers and negotiation of boundaries between work and nonwork in these KIBs. The authors study how relative privilege within social inequalities connects with silences in multiple ways, and how the invisibility of privilege operates at different levels: individual identities and interpersonal actions of privilege (micro), as organizational level phenomena (meso) or as societally constructed (macro). Findings At each level, privilege is reproduced in part through silence. The authors also examine how processes connecting silence, privilege and social inequalities operate differently in relation to both disadvantage and the disadvantaged, and privilege and the privileged. Originality/value This study is relevant for organization studies, especially in the kinds of “multi-privileged” contexts where inequalities, disadvantages and subordination may remain hidden and silenced, and, thus, are continuously reproduced.
Subject: 512 Business and Management
Knowledge professionals
Knowledge-intensive businesses
Privilege
Silence
Careers
Work
nonwork boundaries
ACCOUNTING RESEARCH
GENDER
CONSTRUCTION
VOICE
APPEARANCE
IDENTITY
RACE
ORGANIZATIONS
MANAGEMENT
SPEAKING
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