In this chapter, the authors examine the use of deceit to drive routine emergence. The authors do so by tracing the relationship among deceit, roles, and routine dynamics in the context of Romeo pimps and the women they lure into sex trafficking. Previous research has focused on routine participants openly negotiating their roles and expected interactions during the (re) creation of routines. In contrast, this study shows how Romeo pimps use deceit to control the co-constitution of roles and increasingly coercive actions of the “Romeo pimp routine” – a process of premeditated routine emergence designed to entrap the women. The authors contribute to the literature on routine dynamics by emphasizing the unexplored influence of deceit on the interplay between roles and routines. Bringing deception to center stage in routine dynamics highlights the importance of linking actors and actions to motivations that exist behind the veil of transparently observable behavior.
We gratefully acknowledge the generative insights of Editor Martha Feldman and one reviewer on earlier versions of the manuscript. In addition, we thank the editors of this volume (Martha Feldman, Luciana D’Adderio, Katharina Dittrich, and Paula Jarzabkowski) and other reviewers for their comments when this research was first presented at the 2017 EGOS Subtheme on Routines, Transfer, and Transformation. This chapter would not have been possible without the support of the police services that allowed the first author to ride-along with human trafficking units and attend conferences to learn from experts in this field. The first author received support for this work from the Ivey Business School Plan for Excellence, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program, the John F. Rankin Scholarship Fund, and the C. B. Johnson Ontario Graduate Scholarship Fund. The authors declare no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this chapter.
Eberhard, J., Frost, A. and Rerup, C. (2019), "The Dark Side of Routine Dynamics: Deceit and the Work of Romeo Pimps", Feldman, M., D’Aderio, L., Dittrich, K. and Jarzabkowski, P. (Ed.) Routine Dynamics in Action: Replication and Transformation (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 61), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 99-121. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X20190000061006Download as .RIS
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