The devil in high heels: drugs, symbolism and Kate Moss

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dc.contributor.author Acevedo, B
dc.contributor.author Warren, S
dc.contributor.author Wray-Bliss, E
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:58:13Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Culture and Organization, 2009, 15 (3/4), pp. 331 - 346
dc.identifier.issn 1475-9551
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/10664
dc.description.abstract This paper contributes to critical voices on the issue of organisational responses to employee drug use. It does so by exploring symbolic readings of organisations' relations with drugs and drug-taking. Our focus is recent coverage of, and organisational responses to, the UK tabloid media's expose of fashion supermodel Kate Moss's alleged cocaine use. We consider that the celebrity endorsement in this particular case highlights the ambiguities created by the symbolic associations between the organisation and the 'image' projected by the celebrity. Overall, we use this case to explore symbolic relationships between drugs, sex, femininity and organisation. Through highlighting these connections, we question further the rationality of organisational responses to employee drug use and, utilising Derrida's (1981) extension of Plato's notion of the pharmakon, consider whether workforce drug testing might be fruitfully seen as a symbolic mechanism for scapegoating and sacrifice in order to protect the organisation's (masculine) moral order.
dc.publisher Routledge
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1080/14759550903250759
dc.title The devil in high heels: drugs, symbolism and Kate Moss
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Culture and Organization
dc.journal.volume 3/4
dc.journal.volume 15
dc.journal.number 3/4 en_US
dc.publocation London, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 331 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 346 en_US
dc.cauo.name BUS.School of Management en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 220102 Business Ethics
dc.personcode 103486
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Business Ethics en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords celebrity endorsement drugs organisational symbolism pharmakon sexuality en_US
dc.description.keywords celebrity endorsement drugs organisational symbolism pharmakon sexuality
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business/School of Management
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)


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