- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies, Continuing Entanglements
- Michel Foucault and the Administering of Lives
- Bourdieu and Organizational Theory: A Ghostly Apparition?
- The Making of a Paradigm: Exploring the Potential of the Economy of Convention and Pragmatic Sociology of Critique
- Bruno Latour: An Accidental Organization Theorist
- A Theory of ‘Agencing’: On Michel Callon’s Contribution to Organizational Knowledge and Practice
- Niklas Luhmann as Organization Theorist
- Jürgen Habermas and Organization Studies: Contributions and Future Prospects
- Bhaskar and Critical Realism
- The Comparative Analysis of Capitalism and the Study of Organizations
- C. Wright Mills and the Theorists of Power
- Organizational Analysis: Goffman and Dramaturgy
- Garfinkel and Ethnomethodology
- Rational Choice Theory and the Analysis of Organizations
- Clifford Geertz and the Interpretation of Organizations
- Risk, Social Theories, and Organizations
- Arlie Russell Hochschild: Spacious Sociologies of Emotion
- Discourse and Communication
- The Second Time Farce: Business School Ethicists and the Emergence of Bastard Rawlsianism
- Hayek and Organization Studies
- Social Movement Theory and Organization Studies
- What’s New in the ‘<i>New</i>, New Economic Sociology’ and Should Organization Studies Care?
- Critical Theory and Organization Studies
- British Industrial Sociology and Organization Studies: A Distinctive Contribution
- Anthony Giddens and Structuration Theory
- Engendering the Organizational: Feminist Theorizing and Organization Studies
- Organization Studies and the Subjects of Imperialism
- Space and Organization Studies
- Organization Studies, Sociology, and the Quest for a Public Organization Theory
- What Makes Organization? Organizational Theory as a ‘Practical Science’
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter attempts to outline an account of anti-imperialist scholarship that has emerged within the humanities and social sciences, and that has subsequently been deployed by organizational theorists. The chapter begins by elaborating on postcolonialism, a tradition that analyses the experiences of colonialism as well as the resistance to it. It then discusses subaltern studies, a Gramscian reading of colonial historiography against the grain and critical transnationalism, a methodology that challenges the tendency to take the nation state as a proxy for ‘society’. Finally, the chapter discusses the emerging scholarship on political society, which attempts to theorize the actions of those subjects that do not have access to either the state or ‘civil society’. The intent of this chapter is to not only inform organizational scholars about these theories, but also to make a case for their wider use.
Raza Mir is a Professor of Management in the College of Business at William Paterson University. His research mainly concerns the transfer of knowledge across national boundaries in multinational corporations, and issues relating to power and resistance in organizations. He currently serves as the Chair of the Critical Management Studies Division of the Academy of Management.
Ali Mir is a Professor of Management in the College of Business at William Paterson University. He is currently working on issues related to migration/immigration and the international division of labour. He is on the board of directors of the Brecht Forum in New York City, and serves on the editorial board of the journal Organization.
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