Drawing upon contributions of scholarship on power and resistance in critical organizational communication studies, this essay explores resistance as a form to shape and reinforce professionalism from Taiwanese commercial airline pilots' performed discursive practice. Interviews were conducted with Taiwanese commercial airline pilots to excavate their personal narratives, which are then presented in poetic transcription. Through the poetic transcription, this essay demonstrates Taiwanese commercial airline pilots' resistance as embodied performance of work-practices in everyday organizing; thus calling for a performative turn to study organizational power, resistance, and professionalism.
We Are Pilots, not Horses: Performing Professionalism through Resistance from Taiwanese Commercial Airline Pilots
Andy Kai-chun Chuang is Associate Professor of Communication Studies in the Humanities Department at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. This essay was part of the author's dissertation. Earlier versions of this essay were presented at the 2013 National Communication Association and 2014 International Communication Association annual conventions. The author would like to thank Stacy Holman Jones, Sohinee Roy, Bernadette Marie Calafell, Poppy Slocum, and the anonymous reviewers for their feedback. Correspondence to: Andy Kai-chun Chuang, Humanities Department, LaGuardia Community College, 31–10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Andy Kai-chun Chuang; We Are Pilots, not Horses: Performing Professionalism through Resistance from Taiwanese Commercial Airline Pilots. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2018; 7 (3): 60–87. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2018.7.3.60
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