Emotions and institutions: Insights from Bourdieu and psychoanalysis


Voronov, M. and Vince, R., 2010. Emotions and institutions: Insights from Bourdieu and psychoanalysis. Academy of Management.

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We contribute to the literature on institutional work by arguing for the importance of including analyses of emotional and unconscious processes in the study of how individuals create, maintain and disrupt institutions. Drawing on the insights from Bourdieu and psychoanalytic theory, we develop a framework, whose main components include emotional capital, emotional habitus, and fantasy. We use this framework to theorize the emotional aspects of institutional work, specifically the factors that make individuals more likely to engage in maintaining the existing institutional order and those that support individuals' attempts to create new institutions or disrupt current ones. We conclude by discussing implications of our framework for further studies of institutional work.


Item Type Conference or Workshop Items (UNSPECIFIED)
CreatorsVoronov, M.and Vince, R.
DepartmentsSchool of Management
ID Code29341
Additional Information70th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research, AOM 2010; Montreal, QC; 6-10 August 2010.


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