Feeling your way as an occupational minority: the gendered sensilisation of women electronic music artists

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Abstract

This paper develops a nascent theory of ‘sensilisation’ – a process of learning to be skilled in experiencing and displaying sensory knowledge according to social convention. In particular, I present data from an autoethnography of learning to be a DJ and producer of electronic music, and in-depth interviews with thirty-six women at various stages of their careers as electronic music DJs and producers (hereafter ‘electronic music artists’), in order to present a tentative, sensory-led hypothesis for the enduring male dominance of the electronic music industry. I conclude by suggesting that the lessons learned from this ‘extreme’ case study (Seawright and Gerring 2008), might illuminate more everyday encounters with gender, the senses and management learning and in particular, the Othering of minority individuals in occupational contexts by offerings direction on how a 'sensilisation analysis' might be carried out. In addition, the paper stands as an empirical exploration of Ashcraft's (2020) concept of 'senses of self' in the construction and operation of occupational identities, and in particular occupational segregation - her metaphor of the 'glass slipper' (Ashcraft 2013).
Original languageEnglish
JournalManagement Learning
Publication statusAccepted for publication - 2 Mar 2022

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