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Facilitating emotion management: organisational and individual strategies in the theatre
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3522-4963
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, ISSN 1740-8938, E-ISSN 1740-8946, Vol. 6, no 2, 193-208 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Detailed analysis of two theatre productions shows that the conceptof bounded emotionality can be used to tease out aspects of emotionmanagement that would not otherwise have been detectable. Non-instrumentalways to manage emotions – to facilitate emotion work – are used in situationswhere the goal is to produce quality performances, not to promote well-beingas such. The rehearsal period consists of phases that require different emotionmanagement strategies. In an initial phase, a secure working climate isestablished to deal with feelings of insecurity and shame. A creative phaseallows for role-related emotions, and a crisis phase calls for a balance betweenfrontstage and backstage regions. In a final phase, the ensemble closes its ranksand prepares to meet the audience. The director is expected to ‘manipulate withfinesse’, transforming his/her leadership role during the rehearsal process fromthat of boss to coach. Private, role-related and situation-related emotions aredifferentiated, showing how emotions are seized, channelled and divided inorder to direct emotional energy in effective ways. Finally, we discussimplications for organisations outside the theatrical domain.

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Olney Bucks: InderScience Publishers, 2014. Vol. 6, no 2, 193-208 p.
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bounded emotionality, creativity, emotional climate, emotion management, shame, stage actors, theatre
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108909DOI: 10.1504/IJWOE.2014.060930OAI: diva2:761492
Available from: 2014-11-06 Created: 2014-11-06 Last updated: 2015-11-02Bibliographically approved

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