Sexual Orientation at Work
Contemporary Issues and Perspectives
Routledge – 2014
Routledge – 2014
This book focuses on sexual orientation within organizations, with a particular emphasis on the impact of changing legislation, individual and social attitudes, and behavior on how sexual orientation is understood and experienced in the workplace. This volume brings together international research on sexual orientation to draw out its implications for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual individuals, developing a nuanced understanding of attitudes, behavior and the dynamics of sexuality within contemporary organizations. The chapters in this book identify and assess structural and cultural developments in organizations in different countries as they respond to changing social attitudes, new labor market and legislative conditions, and challenges to traditional attitudes and patterns of behavior from increasingly diverse stakeholders both within and outside work organizations.
The ‘first wave’ of research in the area of sexual orientation at work focused primarily on organizations as difficult places for lesbian, gay and bisexual people to be. It identified homophobia, discrimination and workplace inequities. While acknowledging previous important research contributions, this book draws primarily on the ‘second wave’ sexual orientation research agenda which has developed as lesbian, gay and bisexual people have increasingly gained rights and recognition in the public sphere, alongside heterosexual, focusing instead on sexuality as a key dynamic within organizations. As such, the book examines the opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and heterosexual people to understand and experience sexual orientation in different ways, and also explore any limits on recognition and visibility in the workplace. The book is one of the first to engage with sexual orientation in the workplace at a time when this subject matter is of increasing importance to organizations and in a context of change, reform, and emerging debate.
1. Introduction Fiona Colgan and Nick Rumens 2. On Recognizing Something as Sexual Orientation Discrimination Naomi Ellemers and Kees Waaldijk 3. Working the Margin: Belonging and the Workplace for LGBT People in South Africa Miiki van Zyl 4. From Cradle to Grave: The Life Cycle of Compulsory Heterosexuality Across the Institutions of Family, Education, Work, Military, and Law in Turkey Mustafa Ozbilgin and Mustafa Bilgehan Ozturk 6. ‘How Gay-Friendly is Your Workplace?’ Theorizing and Researching Gay-Friendly Organizations Nick Rumens 7. Working Against the Heteronormative Center: An Australian Story of Young Workers’ Experiences of Sexuality-Based Exclusion and Inclusion in the Workplace Paul Willis 8. Invisible Subjects: Bisexual Experiences of Inequality, Prejudice, and Discrimination in the Workplace Gill Valentine and Nichola Wood 9. ‘I Felt Like the Dad in the House’: Lesbians’ Wellbeing, Class, and the Meanings of Paid Work Elizabeth McDermott 10. From Invisibility into National Statistics: Lesbians in the Socio-Economic Sphere—An Example from Austria Karin Schönpflug and Roswitha Hofmann 11. Male Cabin Crew Managing Gender and Sexual Identity Ruth Simpson 12. ‘Anything Goes?’ Gay Masculinities in the Performing Arts John Bloomfield 13. Heteronormativity in the Classroom Catherine Connell and Christine Williams 14. The Courts as Workplaces for Sexual Orientation Minorities Todd Brower 15. Leadership and Sexuality in Hypergendered Organizations Michèle A. Bowring and Joanna Brewis 16. Sexual Politics and Queer Activism in the Australian Trade Union Movement Suzanne Franzway
Fiona Colgan is Director of the Comparative Organization and Equality Research Center at London Metropolitan University, UK.
Nick Rumens is Senior Lecturer in Management at Bristol University, UK.