Re-organising wellbeing: Contexts, critiques and contestations of dominant wellbeing narratives

David Watson, James Wallace, Chris Land, Jana Patey

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Wellbeing has emerged as an important discourse of management and organisation. Practices of wellbeing are located in concrete organisational arrangements and shaped by power relations built upon embedded, intersecting inequalities and therefore require critical evaluation. Critical evaluation is essential if we are to reorganise wellbeing to move beyond critique and actively contest dominant wellbeing narratives in order to reshape the contexts in which wellbeing can be fulfilled. The COVID-19 pandemic under which this special issue took shape, provides various examples of how practices continue to be shaped by existing narratives of wellbeing. The pandemic also constituted a far-reaching shock that gave collective pause to consider to the extent to which work is really organised to realise wellbeing and opened up potential to think differently. The seven papers included in the special issue reveal the problematic and uneven way in which wellbeing is pursued and examine possibilities to imagine and realise more radical practices of wellbeing that can counter the way in which ill-being is produced by the organisation of labour.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-452
Number of pages12
Issue number3
Early online date5 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - May 2023


  • Wellbeing
  • Critical
  • Alternative
  • Organization
  • Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Stress

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