Inhibiting outrage: tactics and counter-tactics in legal cases of sexual harassment
McDonald, Paula K. & Graham, Tina (2009) Inhibiting outrage: tactics and counter-tactics in legal cases of sexual harassment. In Lewer, John, Ryan, Shaun, & Macneil, Johanna (Eds.) Labour, Capital and Change – Proceedings of the 23rd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, 4 – 6 February, Newcastle, Australia.
Sexual harassment can be conceptualised as an interaction between harassers and targets. Utilising 23 detailed legal transcripts, this study explored evidence of a range of perpetrator tactics and target counter-tactics. These tactics can be readily fitted into the backfire framework, which proposes that powerful perpetrators of perceived unjust acts are likely to cover up the actions, devalue the target, reinterpret the events, use official channels to give an appearance of justice, and intimidate or bribe people involved. Targets can respond using counter-tactics of exposure, validation, reframing, mobilisation of support, and resistance. The findings have implications for raising awareness of harassing tactics and recommendations for effective informal responses in organisations.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Sexual Harassment, Tactics, Counter-tactics|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2009 contact the authors|
|Deposited On:||26 Aug 2009 13:33|
|Last Modified:||03 Mar 2011 15:47|
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