Title: Don't frighten the horses: emotive issues in researching sexual orientation at work

Authors: James Ward, Diana Winstanley

Addresses: Kingston Business School, Kingston University, Kingston Hill, Kingston, Surrey, KT2 7LB, UK. ' Kingston Business School, Kingston University, Kingston Hill, Kingston, Surrey, KT2 7LB, UK

Abstract: This paper provides a personal account of carrying out one particular research project focusing on issues of sexual orientation in the workplace. In so doing, we identify and discuss issues associated with three different emotional communities in the research process: the respondents (the emotions of the storytellers and the reactions of others); the researchers (levels of comfort and discomfort during the research process) and the academic audience (emotional reaction of reviewers and colleagues to the research).

Keywords: emotion; sexuality; sexual orientation; gay; lesbian; storytelling; discourse; research; emotional reaction.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWOE.2006.011873

International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, 2006 Vol.1 No.4, pp.305 - 316

Published online: 29 Dec 2006 *

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