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The Claim for Actorhood in Institutional Work

Agents, Actors, Actorhood: Institutional Perspectives on the Nature of Agency, Action, and Authority

ISBN: 978-1-78756-081-9, eISBN: 978-1-78756-080-2

ISSN: 0733-558X

Publication date: 5 April 2019

Abstract

The authors set out to study institutional work under complexity building on the struggle for legitimacy of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in Israel as their case study. The authors took a discursive approach and were interested in what actors claim they do. The findings suggest that actors manipulate the intentions and outcomes of their acts, thereby claiming for actorhood or negating it. These differential constructions are not random but echo the norms of the discursive spaces within which they are presented and interact with other actors’ work. Overall, the authors argue that actorhood is not a pre-condition for institutional work, nor is it its outcome, but rather an integral part thereof.

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Migdal-Picker, M. and Zilber, T.B. (2019), "The Claim for Actorhood in Institutional Work", Hwang, H., Colyvas, J.A. and Drori, G.S. (Ed.) Agents, Actors, Actorhood: Institutional Perspectives on the Nature of Agency, Action, and Authority (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 58), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 251-272. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X20190000058014

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