Title

Whips, Chains, and Books on Campus: How Emergent Organizations With Core Stigma Gain Official Recognition

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-5-2018

Publication Title

Journal of Management Inquiry

First page number:

1

Last page number:

18

Abstract

This article explores how emergent organizations with core stigma manage stigma, and work toward official recognition. The qualitative research design used organizational constitutions, listserv communications, and interviews to examine officially-approved student organizations focused on kinky sexuality in U.S. universities. Our findings indicate (a) due process and impersonal evaluations enable official approval of emergent organizations, particularly if this focuses on operational concerns; (b) emergent organizations leverage credible social discourses, such as individual rights, to emphasize issues pertinent to approval bodies and mainstream throughout society; (c) organizations can strategically embrace stigma, entailing complex decisions about balancing revelation and concealment; and (d) organizational tactics shift depending on the maturity of the stigmatized issue, important because organizational stigma can be resilient and persistent despite organizational legitimacy. The article contributes to research on organizational management of stigma by examining how emergent organizations with core stigma manage stigma while moving from informal to official status.

Keywords

Core stigma; Legitimacy; Official recognition; Dispassionate approval bodies; Student organizations; Constitutions; Higher education; Kinky sexuality

Disciplines

Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Marketing

Language

English

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