Somewhere in-between: narratives of place, identity and translocal work

Maria Daskalaki, Christina Butler, Jelena Petrovic

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This article discusses the de/construction of liminal identities in relation to translocal patterns of work. Through a phenomenological analysis of three autobiographical narratives, it informs management and organization studies, discussing liminality and translocality as embedded and embodied phenomena experienced in relational, spatio-temporal, and inter-corporeal levels. In particular, the article proposes that a post-dichotomous conceptualization of place and non-place, self and other, and fixity and mobility unveils the complexities of studying identity, liminality, and translocality as interrelated phenomena. Liminal identities are explored as socio-spatial, temporary crystallizations of translocal bodily experiences, disrupted by differentially embodying displacements and emplacements across space–time. Finally, we suggest that translocal socio-spatial scales are inter-corporeal performances that challenge both material and immaterial boundaries. The article concludes with the contributions of this work to identity, liminality, and translocality studies and a discussion of future research directions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184 - 198
JournalJournal of Management Inquiry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2015


  • Narratives
  • Identity
  • Autobiography, biography, tape recorder, black history, orality

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