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Title: Bringing emotion to work: Emotional intelligence, resistance, and the reinvention of character
Authors: Hughes, J
Keywords: Emotional intelligence;Moral character;Management control;Resistance
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Sage
Citation: Work, Employment and Society, 19(3): 603-625
Abstract: This article centrally examines the sociological significance of emotional intelligence (EI) as a nascent managerial discourse. Through developing a three-way reading of the writers Richard Sennett, Daniel Goleman, and George Ritzer, it is contended that EI can be understood to signal ‘new rules’ for work involving demands for workers to develop moral character better attuned to the dynamics of the flexible workplace - character that is more ‘intelligent’, adaptive, and reflexive. Furthermore, it is argued that while EI appears in some important respects to open the scope for worker discretion, it might also signal diminished scope for worker resistance. However, ultimately, the case of EI is used to problematise recent discussions of worker resistance - to suggest the possibility of ‘resistant’ worker agency exercised through collusion with, as well as transgression of, corporate norms and practices.
Appears in Collections:Sociology
Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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