Power play: The use of space to control and signify power in the workplace

Hughes, Heidi A, Hockey, John C ORCID: 0000-0002-5826-8005 and Berry, Greg (2019) Power play: The use of space to control and signify power in the workplace. Culture and Organization. ISSN 1475-9551 (In Press)

[img] Text
6715 Hockey Power Play.Culture and Organizations.pdf - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only until 21 October 2020. (Publisher Embargo).
Available under License All Rights Reserved.

Download (164kB)

Abstract

The findings of this article emerge from an eight-month study examining career identity practices amongst a select group of fitness professionals in the U.K. We examine how the inter-relationship between physical and social space can denote how power is acquired, displayed, and used by individuals interacting in a shared space. The findings show that power is signified through spatial practices as individuals negotiate through triadic space, creating an identity of space and place for both trainer and client that identifies power, and signifies who has power. Fitness professionals with high levels of symbolic power are able to subvert organizational spatial norms to better serve themselves and their clients, while those with lower levels of symbolic power are forced to, or choose to, negotiate or abdicate space to others. These findings are relevant to a wide range of occupations where self-employment and contract workers interact in shared space

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Power, Shared Space, Fitness Professionals, Protean Career
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2019 15:56
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2019 12:20
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6715

University Staff: Request a correction | Repository Editors: Update this record

University Of Gloucestershire

Bookmark and Share

Find Us On Social Media:

Social Media Icons Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube Pinterest Linkedin

Other University Web Sites

University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH. Telephone +44 (0)844 8010001.