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See detailIn the Company of Men’: a reflexive tale of cultural organising in a small organisation
Fletcher, Denise Elaine UL

in Gender, Work and Organization (2002), 9(4), 65-76

A tale of fieldwork in a small organization is discussed in this article with a view to highlighting how social processes, cultural understandings and expressions of gender are produced during fieldwork ... [more ▼]

A tale of fieldwork in a small organization is discussed in this article with a view to highlighting how social processes, cultural understandings and expressions of gender are produced during fieldwork interaction. The tale is told reflexively and retrospectively, recording an ongoing conversation about fieldwork experience. Central to the tale is discussion of how the researcher is drawn into 'culture-making' within the organization and the ways in which fieldwork interaction creates a 'space' through which organizational members engage with, work through and realize workplace values. In this article there are multiple levels of reflection. At one level it is examined how the organizational-researcher role of 'emotional nurturer' was constructed during fieldwork. At the same time some cultural insights drawn from ethnographic inquiry and intensive interviewing within the small organization are presented. The analysis is also shaped by a further layer of post-fieldwork reflection and interpretation which draws in emotional issues and expressions of gender. It is argued that a close scrutiny of fieldwork roles is important to organizational research in that it makes explicit how the researcher-'native' interaction is central to the theorizing process and how the researcher can become a participant in organizational culture-making. [less ▲]

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