Gay male academics in UK business and management schools: negotiating heteronormativities in everyday work life

Ozturk, Mustafa Bilgehan and Rumens, Nick (2014) Gay male academics in UK business and management schools: negotiating heteronormativities in everyday work life. British Journal of Management, 25 (3) . pp. 503-517. ISSN 1045-3172 [Article] (doi:10.1111/1467-8551.12061)

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This paper contributes to a neglected topic area about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people’s employment experiences in UK business and management schools. Drawing on queer theory to problematize essentialist notions of sexuality, we explore how gay male academics negotiate and challenge discourses of heteronormativity within different work contexts. Using in-depth interview data, the paper shows that gay male academics are continually constrained by heteronormativity in constructing viable subject positions as ‘normal’, often having to reproduce heteronormative values that squeeze opportunities for generating non-heteronormative ‘queer’ sexualities, identities and selves. Constructing a presence as an openly gay academic can invoke another binary through which identities are (re)constructed: as either ‘gay’ (a cleaned up version of gay male sexuality that sustains a heteronormative moral order) or ‘queer’ (cast as radical, disruptive and sexually promiscuous). Data also reveal how gay men challenge organizational heteronormativities through teaching and research activities, producing reverse discourses and creating alternative knowledge/power regimes, despite institutional barriers and risks of perpetuating heteronormative binaries and constructs. Study findings call for pedagogical and research practices that ‘queer’ (rupture, destabilize, disrupt) management knowledge and the heterosexual/homosexual binary, enabling non-heteronormative voices, perspectives, identities and ways of relating to emerge in queer(er) business and management schools.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Diversity and Gender group
Item ID: 15262
Notes on copyright: Published Version: © 2014 The Authors. British Journal of Management published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Academy of Management. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License.
Final Accepted Version: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Ozturk, M. B. and Rumens, N. (2014), Gay Male Academics in UK Business and Management Schools: Negotiating Heteronormativities in Everyday Work Life. British Journal of Management, 25: 503–517. doi: 10.1111/1467-8551.12061, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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