Hjælp til selvcensur: et selvhjælpskulturelt perspektiv på den tavse organisation

Erik Mygind du Plessis

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This paper seeks to explain silence in the workplace through an analytical perspective derived from Judith Butlers work on censorship, and in this way suggest an alternative to explanations in the existing literature on employee silence, which are often tied to the actions and motivations of the individual subject. It is thus argued that self-help books can be seen as indicative of a pervasive culture of self-improvement, which among other things promotes the absence of criticism in the workplace. The empirical point of departure for this argument is the two bestselling self-help books The secret by Rhonda Byrne and The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey. Theoretically, the paper applies Butlers notion of ”implicit censorship” where censorship is understood as productive in the sense of being constitutive of language. Hence, in the analysis it is shown how discursive regimes in self-help literature tend to be constructed in such a way, that explicit criticism cannot emerge as a meaningful activity, and is thus implicitly censored
TidsskriftSociologisk Forskning
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)51-74
Antal sider24
StatusUdgivet - 29 feb. 2016


  • Employee silence
  • Foreclosure
  • Implicit censorship
  • Judith Butler
  • Self-help

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