Disciplinary mechanisms and the discourse of identity: the creation of ‘silence’ in an elite sports academy

Andrew Manley, Martin Roderick, Andrew Parker

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

44 Citations (SciVal)
167 Downloads (Pure)


Organization studies research exposes the need to examine power relations embedded within the design of organizations, the construction of normative behaviour, and the production of socially constructed meanings that lead to the removal of employee voice. Drawing upon 21 qualitative interviews with Premiership football academy members, this article examines the regulation, control and ‘silencing’ of young English professional footballers. Building upon two existing literatures concerning the institutional dynamics of footballing traineeship, and the concept of organizational ‘silence’, the article explains how characteristics associated with surveillance mechanisms and the perpetuation of institutional norms lead to the configuration of a climate of silence. Utilizing the work of Michel Foucault and Erving Goffman, the article addresses the call for an understanding of the interplay between social actors and the confines of their structural context as an example of restrictive practice and for providing insight into the ‘how’ of silencing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-244
Number of pages24
JournalCulture and Organization
Issue number3
Early online date4 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2016


  • silence
  • identity
  • discipline
  • elite sport
  • organizational culture


Dive into the research topics of 'Disciplinary mechanisms and the discourse of identity: the creation of ‘silence’ in an elite sports academy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this