Mitchell, L (2019) Volunteers as monstrous workers:'monsters' in UK live-action roleplay game organizations. Culture and Organization, 25 (3). pp. 233-248.

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Abstract

This paper examines volunteers as workers in the leisure activity of festival-scale UK live-action roleplaying. The descriptive term ‘monsters’ is native within the field, referring to volunteer roles often involving dramatic performance of a ‘villain’ as opposed to the roles played by paying player ‘characters’. The term highlights the paradoxical relationship between these ‘monsters’ and their consumption by the organization in order to produce its main ‘product’; the live-action roleplay (LARP) event. These volunteers do not clearly conform to a normative role as customer or employee, and they represent deviations in activity, identity, and morality. Yet this study indicates that the simultaneous production of organization and monstrosity in LARP conceals monsters’ role in the production of the LARP event as a conventional leisure activity. The paper suggests that conceptualizing volunteers as monstrous highlights their function and their potential for radical and different approaches to existing organization.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article to be published by Taylor & Francis in Culture and Organization, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14759551.2016.1241254
Uncontrolled Keywords: Monstrousness, volunteering, LARP; roleplaying, leisure
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Management School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2016 09:53
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2019 14:08
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/2242

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