Balancing Mysterium and Onus: Doing Spiritual Work within an Emotion-Laden Organizational Context

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Title Balancing Mysterium and Onus: Doing Spiritual Work within an Emotion-Laden Organizational Context
Author Boyle, Maree Veronica; Healy, Joshua
Journal Name Organization: The interdisciplinary journal of organization, theory and society.
Editor Gibson Burrell, Marta Calas, Mike Reed
Year Published 2003
Place of publication London
Publisher Sage
Abstract This study uses the neo-Durkheimian conceptual framework of Mysterium and Onus to illustrate how spiritual work is used to accomplish emotional balance within emotion-laden organizational contexts. The constant emotional oscillations experienced by paramedics within an emergency services organization show how spiritual work is accomplished at the level of paramedic-patient interaction, emotional equilibrium within the self, and degrees of connectedness to the organization itself. We contend that in heavily emotion-laden organizational contexts where life-changing events are occurring, spiritual work is an important part of the emotional labor process. In turn, balancing emotions is a major part of `balancing' Mysterium (the sacred) and Onus (the profane). We conclude that emotion-laden organizations need to approach the practice of spirituality as an extremely sophisticated and complex phenomenon. While current trends towards `spiritualizing' the workplace through the legitimizing of corporate spiritualities may result in a more controlled and less enchanted workplace, spirituality may well remain as one of the few ways in which workers can practice resistance in a controlled work environment.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://org.sagepub.com/
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350508403010002010
Copyright Statement Copyright 2003 Sage Publications. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. First published in Organization: the interdisciplinary journal of organization, theory and society. This journal is available online: http://org.sagepub.com/content/vol10/issue2/
Volume 10
Issue Number 2
Page from 351
Page to 373
ISSN 1350-5084
Date Accessioned 2004-03-23
Date Available 2009-10-09T06:11:55Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Subject PRE2009-Human Resources Management; PRE2009-Sociology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/6418
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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