How does Fiction Inform Working Lives? An Exploration of the Role of Empathy

Bal, Matthijs, Brokerhof, Inge and Doci, Edina (2021) How does Fiction Inform Working Lives? An Exploration of the Role of Empathy. International Journal of Public Sociology and Sociotherapy .

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This paper discusses the relationships between fiction and working lives through exploring the role of empathy in how people read and perceive fiction in relation to their own private and working lives. It discusses how experience of fiction may cause an empathic reaction in the reader, subsequently leading to behaviors contributing to greater empathy at work. The paper problematizes some notions manifesting within these relationships by discussing how ideology infiltrates both the understanding of concepts themselves as well as how they relate to each other. Hence, it thereby discusses how the individual experience of fiction by a reader has an effect on behavior but is influenced by ideological beliefs about society which are largely implicit to the reader herself. It thereby explains why fiction does not always enhance empathy. Using the distinction between aesthetic and ethical good, the paper eludicates how fiction may sustain an ideological version of empathy, and thus sustaining contemporary practices in the workplace and the economic system itself. The paper finishes with an exploration of how fiction may enable a reader to become aware of ideology, thereby opening possibilities to achieve more viable forms of empathy.

Keywords:Fiction, Empathy
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:40078
Deposited On:14 Aug 2020 10:29

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