Being the change: Resolving institutional contradiction through identity work

W. E.Douglas Creed, Rich DeJordy, Jaco Lok

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We show how gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) ministers in two main-line Protestant denominations in the United States experience and address a salient institutional contradiction between their role in the church and their marginalized GLBT identities. Drawing on this analysis, we offer a theoretical model of the microprocesses through which marginalized actors who are committed to the institution in which they are embedded can begin to think and act as agents of institutional change. This model enunciates the importance of embodied identity work in resolving the experience of institutional contradiction and marginalization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1336-1364
Number of pages29
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


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