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Backstage Discourse and the Emergence of Organizational Voices: Exploring Graffiti and Organization
Código: WPE – 141
The current study is a theoretical and empirical analysis of organizational graffiti, focusing on the novel spatial and textual aspects of this discursive form. It is argued that bathroom graffiti provides an interesting way to look at discourse because of its dense and polyphonic aspects, its tackling of important social and organizational questions, its self-conscious reflection, and its backstage and anonymous nature. A 3 year study of organizational graffiti is presented, using a functional typology to characterize the units of discourse. This is followed by a description of these discursive units as composing an expressive and political space within the organization. Implications of the graffiti included the decentralized production of organizational voices, the reframing of authors as both public and private, the negotiation of ambiguous and conflicting cultural ideals, and the possibilities of political organization within organizational spaces.