Sexy work not sex work: Craft creation as a mechanism of destigmatization.

About the Research

Workers in stigmatized occupations experience a host of negative outcomes. While these workers can cope with or manage their stigma through different mechanisms, actually shedding the stigma of their work can be much more difficult. This qualitative study on burlesque performers, who do the work of striptease, examines how these individuals have been able to change meanings and evaluations of their work through craft creation – a type of social-symbolic work. Based on these finding we have developed a process model of destigmatization through craft.

About Madeline Toubiana

Madeline Toubiana is Associate Professor and the Desmarais Chair in Entrepreneurship. Her research program has been focused broadly on what stalls and supports social change and innovation. More specifically, she examines the role of emotions, entrepreneurship, institutional processes, and stigmatization in influencing the dynamics of social change. While she explores change processes in large organizations and institutions, like in academia, most of her research examines how marginalized and/or stigmatized actors can be better included in change processes, and what might support them in doing so. As such, some of her previous and current work has studied social enterprises, the prison system, the sex trade, unemployment, non-profit organizations, and taxi-driving. Her most recent work has begun to explore the role of entrepreneurship in supporting destigmatization and social change for individuals facing extreme stigma and discrimination.

Her research has been published in the top journals in her field including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Annals, Annual Review of Sociology, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management History, and Journal of Management Learning, among others. She is an associate editor for Organization Theory and the field editor for Journal of Business Venturing. She is also on the editorial review board for Academy of Management Journal and Organization Studies.

Date: Thursday 12 January, 2023

Time: 15:00-16:30 CET

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