Re-organising wellbeing: Contexts, critiques and contestations of dominant wellbeing narratives

Watson, David ORCID:, Wallace, James, Land, Chris and Patey, Jana (2023) Re-organising wellbeing: Contexts, critiques and contestations of dominant wellbeing narratives. Organization, 30 (3). pp. 441-452. ISSN 1350-5084

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Wellbeing has emerged as an important discourse of management and organisation. Practices of wellbeing are located in concrete organisational arrangements and shaped by power relations built upon embedded, intersecting inequalities and therefore require critical evaluation. Critical evaluation is essential if we are to reorganise wellbeing to move beyond critique and actively contest dominant wellbeing narratives in order to reshape the contexts in which wellbeing can be fulfilled. The COVID-19 pandemic under which this special issue took shape, provides various examples of how practices continue to be shaped by existing narratives of wellbeing. The pandemic also constituted a far-reaching shock that gave collective pause to consider to the extent to which work is really organised to realise wellbeing and opened up potential to think differently. The seven papers included in the special issue reveal the problematic and uneven way in which wellbeing is pursued and examine possibilities to imagine and realise more radical practices of wellbeing that can counter the way in which ill-being is produced by the organisation of labour.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: wellbeing,critical,alternative,organization,covid-19 pandemic,stress,sdg 3 - good health and well-being,sdg 8 - decent work and economic growth,3* ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Employment Systems and Institutions
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2023 10:30
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2023 14:31
DOI: 10.1177/13505084231156267


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