Summary

This chapter outlines multiple approaches to the concept of dignity, approaches which exist across a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and argues that scholars of organization ought to distinguish carefully between aristocratic, conditional definitions of dignity and transcendent, unconditional understandings which are not necessarily neutral or universal. Arguing that dignity is performative, it is suggested that dignity should be understood not as a marker against a normative static framework, but as a social accomplishment of organizational members. The chapter briefly outlines membership dynamics; for example, the role of indexing, spokespersons, and intermediaries as a means to expose such activities in everyday organization.

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