Spatializing gossip as chaotic and multiple liminal space



Liu, Yihan ORCID: 0000-0001-8653-6057 and Fan, Ziyun
(2022) Spatializing gossip as chaotic and multiple liminal space. HUMAN RELATIONS, 76 (11). pp. 1714-1738.

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Abstract

<jats:p> How do we understand gossip as spatialization processes? How can we address such processes through liminal space? In this article, we challenge the trap of social determinism in understanding gossip, and argue that gossip should be conceptualized through the mutual constitution and contestations between social relations and space. We draw on a three-month participant observation case study to explore such interactive processes and relations through the lens of liminal space. This article contributes to the existing literature on gossip by addressing the overlooked importance of ‘space’ in theorizing and understanding gossip. We emphasize that space acts as a localized context for, and an active participant in, enabling or constraining social interactions for gossip. In doing so, we explore the theoretical potential and empirical possibility of theory blending of liminal space and gossip that can shed light on future research on unmanaged and marginalized social practices in organizations. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: evaluation of gossip, gossip, liminal space, organizational space, spatial turn
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Management
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2022 12:58
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2023 20:53
DOI: 10.1177/00187267221112230
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3158477