Dirty Work and Theoretical Disorder: Toward a Cohesive Analysis of Stigmatized Organizations

By Tuulia Law.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies

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Stemming from the author’s research on stigmatized labour, this paper explores and attempts to resolve the theoretical inconsistencies between various approaches to the study of stigmatized organizations. It does so by exploring, contrasting and evaluating concepts including stigma, dirty work, and organizational, core, and structural stigma. After discussing these existing conceptualizations, the paper uses case examples to build toward a cohesive definition of organizational stigma. It concludes with a reflection on further research applications.

Keywords: Stigma, Organizations, Organizational Stigma

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 1, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 716.877KB)).

Tuulia Law

Part-time Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada