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Floorcraft: Researching subjective phenomena

Paull, M. and Girardi, A. (2016) Floorcraft: Researching subjective phenomena. In: Omari, Maryam and Paull, Megan, (eds.) Workplace abuse, incivility and bullying: Methodological and cultural perspectives. Routledge, London, pp. 23-38.

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Abstract

In the critically acclaimed movie Dancing in Jaffa, four-time world ballroom dancing champion Pierre Dulaine showcases how dance can transcend geographical and cultural boundaries and be a positive force for real change (see Dancing in Jaffa 2015). Dulaine explores the stories of three children who are forced to ‘dance with the enemy’ and in so doing raises awareness of the challenges involved in dealing with sensitive topics such as personal identity, segregation and racial prejudice. In the workplace, interpersonal relations can be just as challenging and workplace conflict has many manifestations. Workplace abuse, incivility and bullying (WAIB) are sensitive topics which can be considered to be part of the dark side of organisational research (Linstead et aL 2014). In this chapter WAIB refers to a sub-set of those behaviours that harm others, ncluding verbal and psychological abuse (Lin-stead et aL 2014). The evidence from the literature is that the manifestation of abuse, incivility and bullying can be found in workplaces the world over. It is only by tackling research into sensitive, often denied and certainly taboo subjects, that these can be considered and ameliorated. Research into sensitive topics,

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Management and Governance
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright: The Authors
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/29366
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