publication . Other literature type . Article . 2017

Censored: Whistleblowers and impossible speech

Kate Kenny;
  • Published: 10 Nov 2017
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Country: Bangladesh
What happens to a person who speaks out about corruption in their organization, and finds themselves excluded from their profession? In this article, I argue that whistleblowers experience exclusions because they have engaged in ‘impossible speech’, that is, a speech act considered to be unacceptable or illegitimate. Drawing on Butler’s theories of recognition and censorship, I show how norms of acceptable speech working through recruitment practices, alongside the actions of colleagues, can regulate subject positions and ultimately ‘un-do’ whistleblowers. In turn, they construct boundaries against ‘unethical’ others who have not spoken out. Based on in-depth em...
free text keywords: Management of Technology and Innovation, Strategy and Management, Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), General Social Sciences, Censorship, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Law, Psychology, Subjectivity, Social science, Financial sector
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