Dr. Gina Grandy (Mount Allison University, Canada)
Prof. Sharon Mavin (Northumbria University)
Prof. Ruth Simpson (Brunel University)
There is a growing interest in exploring the complexities of stigmatized or dirty work(ers) in organization studies. Dirty work (Hughes,1958) refers to occupations or tasks that are viewed as physically, socially or morally tainted (Ashforth and Kreiner, 1999). A diverse range of occupations can be considered dirty work (e.g., garbage collector, funeral directors, prison guards, exotic dancers, bill collectors), however,the extent to which a job is considered dirty is context-specific in that it may not be considered dirty in all places for all people (Dick, 2005).
Despite the various streams of research and dirty work sites that have been explored to date, there is still much to understand about the experiences of dirty work(ers) for management and organisation studies. This special issue aims to bring together high quality, qualitative papers that critically address the issues surrounding dirty work(ers). The contribution of this special issue to the field would be as follows:
We are interested in a wide range of perspectives on dirty work within organization and management studies that adopt qualitative methodologies. We are interested in qualitative papers that aim to contribute a mix of theoretical, methodological and empirical papers. In addition to QROM’s regular expectations, criteria for inclusion would include:
An indicative, but not exhaustive, list of what we see as potential questions of interest is given below:
Papers submitted should be no longer than 9000 words (including notes and bibliography) and based on qualitative material and qualitative methods and analysis, incorporating an explicit methodological focus and submitted online to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/qrom by 15th December 2012.