QROM ageing studies call for papers

Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal
Special Issue Call for Papers

Meanings, contexts and future of ageing studies: Intersections of Age and Ageing with

Special Issue Guest Editors and Contact Information:
Stefanie Ruel, Concordia University, Canada (Lead)
Email: stefanie.ruel@videotron.ca
Iiris Aaltio, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Email: iiris.aaltio@jyu.fi
Tarja Römer-Paakkanen, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Email: tarja.romer-paakkanen@haaga-helia.fi
Banu Ozkazanc-Pan, Brown University

Thematic Focus of Special Issue:

Building on QROM’s special issue entitled “Approaches, methods and critical diversity scholarships: The challenges and the outcomes” (Bleijenbergh et al., 2018), we are calling for papers to investigate critical qualitative methodological approaches to study the intersection of age and ageing with organizations. Recent debates surrounding age, ageing and organizations highlight that we need to create knowledge focused on discourses and the discursive nature of age and ageing in organizations (Thomas et al., 2014). This particular intersection has not been adequately addressed in various literatures including age/ageing and motivation to continue working (e.g. Kooij et al., 2008), multiple jeopardy (King, 1988) such as intersections of gender, race, sexual orientation, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. Jack et al., 2016; Riach et al., 2014), and discrimination and discriminatory practices in organizations (e.g. Chiu et al., 2001; Duncan and Loretto, 2004; James and Wooten, 2006; Riach et al., 2014). More often than not, the tone taken by age and ageing studies has been one of replicating determinism, negative connotations associated with the elderly (Salminen et al., 2018), and self-evidence with respect to age and ageing in the workplace (e.g. Nelson, 2005). Age and ageing in organizations are then reflected as a grand narrative which essentializes and universalizes the ‘older’ worker into one stable, stereotypical understanding, or compares this ‘older’ worker to a ‘younger’ worker, as the norm to be followed within an organizational context.
Tied to these ontological and epistemological notions of the ‘older’ worker in organizations, the question of how to surface critical meanings around age and ageing, beyond chronological, time-dependent explanations, remains an unanswered question across the literature. This is not to say that there haven’t been interesting methodologies that have been used in the past (e.g. Jack et al., 2016; Riach et al., 2014; Tomlinson and Colgan, 2014). We are underlining, in this special issue, that the many paths for considering age and ageing in organizations are methodologically neglected in the critical qualitative realm, and this warrants our attention.

Full details here

The submission should be no more than 10,000 words. This word limit includes tables and figures, and
excludes the title page and references. All submissions should conform to the submission guidelines for
Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management:
Anticipated Schedule:
The deadline for submission is March 15th, 2020. Papers invited to be revised and resubmitted will
require that authors work within a tight timeframe for revisions. For further information, please contact
the primary guest editor of this SI, Stefanie Ruel:

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