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Fracturing the Real-Self<-->Fake-Self Dichotomy: Moving Toward “Crystallized” Organizational Discourses and Identities

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In this paper we offer new interpretations of critical empirical analyses of identity construction processes at work and focus on the ways in which the dichotomy between the “real” self and the “fake” self is created and maintained through organizational talk, practices and theories, such emotion labor. We argue that marginalized members often label their organizational selves as “fake” and/or compartmentalize public and private selves, while more privileged employees are encouraged to align their seemingly “real” selves with the preferred or idealized organizational self. The dichotomy has several discursive and material implications for members and organizations. Specifically, it encourages strategized self-subordination, perpetually-deferred identities, “auto-dressage,” and the production of “good little copers.” We close by presenting the metaphor of the “crystallized self” as an alternative to the real self-fake self dichotomy and suggest that communication scholars are well-poised for developing alternative vocabularies and understandings of identity within the popular imagination.

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Tracy, Sarah. and Trethewey, Angela. "Fracturing the Real-Self<-->Fake-Self Dichotomy: Moving Toward “Crystallized” Organizational Discourses and Identities" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112024_index.html>

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Tracy, S. J. and Trethewey, A. C. , 2003-05-27 "Fracturing the Real-Self<-->Fake-Self Dichotomy: Moving Toward “Crystallized” Organizational Discourses and Identities" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112024_index.html

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Abstract: In this paper we offer new interpretations of critical empirical analyses of identity construction processes at work and focus on the ways in which the dichotomy between the “real” self and the “fake” self is created and maintained through organizational talk, practices and theories, such emotion labor. We argue that marginalized members often label their organizational selves as “fake” and/or compartmentalize public and private selves, while more privileged employees are encouraged to align their seemingly “real” selves with the preferred or idealized organizational self. The dichotomy has several discursive and material implications for members and organizations. Specifically, it encourages strategized self-subordination, perpetually-deferred identities, “auto-dressage,” and the production of “good little copers.” We close by presenting the metaphor of the “crystallized self” as an alternative to the real self-fake self dichotomy and suggest that communication scholars are well-poised for developing alternative vocabularies and understandings of identity within the popular imagination.

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RUNNING HEAD: REAL-SELF ÅÆFAKE-SELF DICHOTOMY ICA Tracking Number: ICA-7-10681 Fracturing the Real-SelfÅÆFake-Self Dichotomy: Moving Toward “Crystallized” Organizational Discourses and Identities Key words: identity organizational discourse real self fake self strategized subordination Foucault emotion labor crystallization Real-SelfÅÆFake-Self Dichotomy 2 Abstract In this paper we offer new interpretations of critical empirical analyses of identity construction processes at work and focus on the ways in which the dichotomy between the “real” self and the “fake” self is created and maintained through organizational
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