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

Acevedo, Beatriz, Warren, Samantha and Wray-Bliss, Edward 2006, The devil in high heels : drugs, symbolism and Kate Moss, in SCOS 2006 : The good, the bad and the ugly - organizations and demons : Proceedings of SCOS XXIV, Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism, [Nijmegen, Netherlands], pp. 1-17.

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Title The devil in high heels : drugs, symbolism and Kate Moss
Author(s) Acevedo, Beatriz
Warren, Samantha
Wray-Bliss, Edward
Conference name Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (24th : 2006 : Nijmegen, Netherlands)
Conference location Nijmegen, Netherlands
Conference dates 12-15 Jul. 2006
Title of proceedings SCOS 2006 : The good, the bad and the ugly - organizations and demons : Proceedings of SCOS XXIV
Editor(s) ten Bos, René
Kaulingfreks, Ruud
Publication date 2006
Conference series Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism
Start page 1
End page 17
Publisher Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism
Place of publication [Nijmegen, Netherlands]
Summary This paper contributes to critical voices on the issue of organisational responses to drugs and employee drug use. It does so by exploring some of the symbolism residing at the heart of organisations’ relations with drugs and drug taking. Our focus is recent media coverage of, and organisational responses to, the UK tabloid media’s exposé of fashion supermodel Kate Moss’s cocaine use. We use this case to explore symbolic relationships between drugs, sex and femininity, and organisation. Through highlighting these symbolic connections we question further the rationality of organisational responses to the ‘spectre’ of drugs and the issue of employee drug use. We conclude by suggesting that workforce drug testing regimes might be fruitfully seen as mechanisms for scapegoating and sacrifice in order to protect the organizational moral order.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
ISBN 9529966911
9789529966912
Language eng
Field of Research 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2006, The Editors and Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041612

Document type: Conference Paper
Collections: School of Management and Marketing
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