From cruise director to rabbi

Authoring the agentic self through conventions of narrative necessity

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

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Abstract

The concept of (self-)identity has become increasingly central to institutional theory’s microfoundations, yet remains relatively underdeveloped. In this chapter, the authors use an autobiographical interview with a gay Protestant minister in the US to explore the role of narrative conventions in the construction of self-identity. The analysis of this chapter offers the basis for a new understanding of the relation between institutions, self-identity, and agency: how we agentically engage institutions depends not only on who we narrate ourselves to be, but also on how we narrate ourselves into being. This suggests that narration as a specific modality of micro-institutional processes has important performative effects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicrofoundations of institutions
EditorsPatrick Haack, Jost Sieweke, Lauri Wessel
Place of PublicationBingley, UK
PublisherEmerald Publishing
Chapter4
Pages63-83
Number of pages21
Volume65B
ISBN (Electronic)9781787691278, 9781787691292
ISBN (Print)9781787691285
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
PublisherEmerald Publishing
Volume65B
ISSN (Print)0733-558X

Keywords

  • Institutional theory
  • self-identity
  • agency
  • narrative
  • sensemaking
  • GLBT

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    Lok, J., Creed, W. E. D., & Dejordy, R. (2020). From cruise director to rabbi: Authoring the agentic self through conventions of narrative necessity. In P. Haack, J. Sieweke, & L. Wessel (Eds.), Microfoundations of institutions (Vol. 65B, pp. 63-83). (Research in the Sociology of Organizations; Vol. 65B). Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X2019000065B036