- 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 considers the spatial practices of organization, to which organization studies has only recently begun to pay attention. The spaces and places around us build humanity, just as we construct them. Humans have always worked upon their surroundings in order to fulfil their needs but in turn these constructions make up our ongoing social and psychological habituation. Humanity organizes space on a daily basis thereby constructing the social, organizational, and cultural worlds. Using the work of Henri Lefebvre the chapter considers various intersections between space and power, materiality and identity. Three aspects of spatial practices are considered: emplacement, enchantment, and enactment. The chapter addresses the reader on these issues directly, from the micro-level of you as an individual, through the meso-level of your organizational interactions, to the macro-level of global interrelationships and assumptions about private property that you are forced to respect.
Gibson Burrell is Professor at the University of Leicester, UK. He is about to finish his 40-year stint as a full-time paid academic with some reluctance. He looks back upon a time when research-led indolence marked British academic life—and was the better for it. He submitted his first academic article to a journal seven years into a Lectureship which is inconceivable today, even if more of us should remain silent for longer. And with that nostalgia possessed by the old, he says of his time that he wouldn’t change a thing. How smugly Panglossian is that?
Karen Dale works in the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology at Lancaster University, UK. She has written about embodiment and organizations, most extensively in Anatomising Embodiment and Organisation Theory (2001) and about architecture, space and social materiality as related to organization studies, including The Spaces of Organisation and the Organisation of Space: Power, Identity and Materiality at Work with Gibson Burrell (2008).
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