What do you mean? Linguistic sensitivity and relational reflexivity in scholarly writing

Iga Maria Lehman, Janne Tienari

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We argue that privileged forms of scholarly writing in the English language perpetuate inequalities in academia. While writing and language, on the one hand, and marginalization and exclusion, on the other, are subject to critique, we propose that these are considered together as interrelated elements of an unequal academic system. We call for linguistic sensitivity to challenge the systemic inequalities that condition our writing in English and discuss this by elaborating what relationally reflexive writing can mean in organization studies. We highlight the Polish and Finnish linguistic positions from which we speak and confront hegemonic rhetorical conventions in the English language to argue for more dialogical and inclusive forms of scholarly writing.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalOrganization
Publication statusPublished - 23.02.2024
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • Academia
  • critique
  • language
  • relational reflexivity
  • scholarly writing

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