Leisured Intimacy in Organizational Settings: An Exploratory Investigation

By Antonis Theocharous and Andreas G. Philaretou.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This investigation focuses on the dynamics of sexuality and leisure intimate relationships in organizational settings. It aims primarily at: (a) mapping out the micro social psychological variants of sexuality and intimate relationships in formal bureaucratic structures, such as those between a graduate student and a professor in an academic setting, and (b) delineating the meso- and macro-sociological reasons for the social construction of such a phenomenon. Data was collected and analyzed using autoethnographic research methodologies, in particular, obtrusive and unobtrusive participant observation field study techniques. Results indicate that, in general, sexuality is socially constructed and privately experienced in organizational settings, and, therefore cannot be eradicated but only controlled. It is up to the organization to develop, establish, and maintain an appropriate organizational culture, encompassing an array of both formal as well as informal policies, that will aim at effectively and efficiently guiding and regulating its members’ intrapersonal emotional and psychological feeling states as well as interpersonal behaviors towards achieving desirable organizational ends with minimal interpersonal disruption.

Keywords: Sexuality, Intimacy, Social Construction, Organization, Bureaucracy

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.207-218. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 796.820KB).

Dr. Antonis Theocharous

Lecturer, Department of Hotel & Tourism Management, Faculty of Management & Economics, Cyprus University of Technology, Lemesos, Lemesos, Cyprus

Antonis Theocharous is Lecturer in the Department of Hotel and Tourism Management. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Sunderland. He worked in private tertiary education in Cyprus as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the undergraduate/postgraduate programmes in tourism and hospitality management, and as Director of the Research Centre, for which he secured international recognition. He is national representative of the Programme Committee for Social Sciences and Humanities of the EU’s 7th Framework Programme and has also served as national coordinator for two ESFRI projects. His research focuses on the link between political instability and tourism development. He has published in international journals on topics such as political instability and tourism development, cross-cultural examination of the impact of political instability on tourism development at the regional level, various models of tourism destination choice, and mass media depictions of various facets of political instability.

Dr. Andreas G. Philaretou

Associate Professor Psychology, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, The School of Humanities & Social Sciences, European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus

Andreas G. Philaretou, Ph.D., PMCMFT, CFLE, author and lecturer, is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences in the School of Humanities & Social Sciences at European University Cyprus (EUC) (formerly Cyprus College), and a special scientist (part time lecturer) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cyprus and in the Department of Hotel & Tourism Management at Cyprus Technological University. He has received his BS and MS degrees in Sociology, and his Ph.D. in Human Development, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. In addition, he earned a Post-Masters Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy (PMCMFT) and had been certified as a Family Life Educator (FLE). Dr. Philaretou, a qualitative methodologist, has taught various social psychology and psychology, courses throughout his academic career as well as a limited number of sociology courses. His research and teaching interests revolve mainly around topics of social psychological significance specifically as they apply to gender and sexuality, sexualized environments, psychosexual well being, as well as leisure and entertainment, all examined within the framework of established social psychological perspectives. He is the author/co-author of three recently published books (2004, 2006, & 2009) on masculinity, male sexuality, and atypical sexual behaviors. His research has appeared in various peer-reviewed academic journals and presented at several professional international conferences throughout the past decade.


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