Journal article

Whips, Chains and Books on Campus: How Emergent Organizations with Core Stigma Gain Official Recognition

E Coslor, Brett Crawford, Barbara G Brents

Journal of Management Inquiry | SAGE Publications | Published : 2020


This article explores how emergent organizations with core stigma manage stigma, and work toward official recognition. The qualitative research design used organizational constitutions, listserv communications, and interviews to examine officially-approved student organizations focused on kinky sexuality in U.S. universities. Our findings indicate (a) due process and impersonal evaluations enable official approval of emergent organizations, particularly if this focuses on operational concerns; (b) emergent organizations leverage credible social discourses, such as individual rights, to emphasize issues pertinent to approval bodies and mainstream throughout society; (c) organizations can stra..

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