Skip to main content

Research Repository

See what's under the surface

We can tell them to get lost, but we won't do that: cultural control and resistance in voluntary work.

O'Toole, Michelle; Grey, Christopher

Authors

Michelle O'Toole

Christopher Grey



Abstract

Although cultural control and resistance in organizations have been widely researched, this has invariably been within the context of paid work. This paper examines how they operate within voluntary work, using the case of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Here, volunteers undertake the dangerous work of sea rescues, working for local lifeboat stations. While the RNLI deploys standard techniques of cultural control, the combination of volunteering, localism and dangerous work creates the possibility of complex and ambiguous forms of resistance to cultural control, thereby extending our understanding of these phenomena.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2016
Journal Organization studies
Print ISSN 0170-8406
Electronic ISSN 1741-3044
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 37
Issue 1
Pages 55-75
Institution Citation O'TOOLE, M. and GREY, C. 2016. We can tell them to get lost, but we won't do that: cultural control and resistance in voluntary work. Organization studies [online], 37(1), pages 55-75. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840615604507
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840615604507
Keywords Civil society; Cultural control; Dangerous work; Identity; Non-profit organisations; Organisational control; Paid work; Resistance; Royal National Lifeboat Institution; Voluntary work

Files







Downloadable Citations