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Voice Lessons: Tempered Radicalism and the Use of Voice and Silence


  • W. E. Douglas Creed


This article explores the ontology of voice and silence in the context of tempered radicalism. The career experiences of gay and lesbian Protestant ministers illuminate key issues for understanding voice and silence in organizations. First, social actors' discursive context provides genres and plots for the construction of self-hood that shape their use of voice and silence. Second, voice and silence are ambiguous, intertwined phenomena. When you are saying one thing, you are not saying another. Third, self-authorization - a form of institutional change agency - legitimates action that falls outside institutional norms for authorized resistance, while framing these actions as enactments of institutional values and beliefs. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2003.

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  • W. E. Douglas Creed, 2003. "Voice Lessons: Tempered Radicalism and the Use of Voice and Silence," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 40(6), pages 1503-1536, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jomstd:v:40:y:2003:i:6:p:1503-1536

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    1. Debra E. Meyerson & Maureen A. Scully, 1995. "Crossroads Tempered Radicalism and the Politics of Ambivalence and Change," Organization Science, INFORMS, vol. 6(5), pages 585-600, October.
    2. Gabriel, Yiannis, 2000. "Storytelling in Organizations: Facts, Fictions, and Fantasies," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198297062, June.
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    1. Fligstein, Neil & McAdam, Doug, 2010. "Toward a General Theory of Strategic Action Fields," Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Working Paper Series qt0bw0w4j8, Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley.

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