Countering Heteronormativity; Lesbians and Wellbeing in the Workplace

Woodruffe-Burton, Helen (2015) Countering Heteronormativity; Lesbians and Wellbeing in the Workplace. In: Handbook on Well-Being of Working Women. International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life, II (5). Springer, London, pp. 47-63. ISBN 9789401798969

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The aim of this chapter is to examine the ways in which lesbians manage their identity in the heteronormative environment of the workplace and to consider the impact sexual orientation has on wellbeing at work. A comprehensive review of the extant literature and theory forms the basis of the discussion, illustrated by examples from previous studies.

Identity negotiation is a key issue and lesbians face the constant pressure of identity management. This is not simply a personal perspective but a defence mechanism to counter the heteronormative culture within organisations.

The chapter can assist HRD professionals and leaders in developing organisation cultures which embrace and include difference and help obviate oppression. It may also be of interest to researchers and policy makers in the fields of diversity and equality and LGB issues and to students of organizational studies, gender and management as well as social audiences including LGBT individuals, activist groups and support groups. Wider understanding of sexual orientation issues in the workplace may help leverage greater tolerance and acceptance. As well as practical guidance for organisations developing more inclusive diversity policies and programmes, future directions for research are proposed.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lesbian, Heteronormative, Butch, Femme, Intersectionality, Queer, LGB
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
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Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2015 08:31
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:49

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