Thursday 19 January 2017 • 12.30pm to 1.30pm
CRFR meeting room, 23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh

Maja Sawicka, University of Warsaw

Workplaces, understood as ‘formal organisations’, constitute a particular setting for interpersonal relations. According to Weber in his analysis of bureaucracy, such relations should be impersonal and marked by affective neutrality. This overlooks the actual presence of emotions in real everyday interactions in the workplace.
Investigating the role of emotions in such interactions, this seminar focuses on three games played by co-workers: “Let’s be friends”, “Divide and rule” and “Mobbing”. Maja will look at resources used by ‘players’ during these games, ‘strategies’ and
‘moves’ they employ, gains and losses which are at stake and especially the emotional costs of participation in these games.

This seminar is free but places are limited. To book please email:

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