Fracturing the real-self↔fake-self dichotomy: Moving toward "crystallized" organizational discourses and identities

  title={Fracturing the real-self↔fake-self dichotomy: Moving toward "crystallized" organizational discourses and identities},
  author={Sarah J. Tracy and Angela Trethewey},
  journal={Communication Theory},
This article begins with the following question: Why, even with the proliferation of poststructuralist theoretical understandings of identity, do people routinely talk in terms of “real” and “fake” selves? Through an analysis of critical empirical studies of identity-construction processes at work, this article makes the case that the real-self↔fake-self dichotomy is created and maintained through organizational talk and practices and, in turn, serves as a constitutive discourse that produces… Expand
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