Interpretation-Appropriation: (Making) An example of Labour Process Theory

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Organizational Research Methods, 2002, 5 (1), pp. 81 - 84
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This article explores ethically problematic relations that may be reproduced within a genre of interpretive organizational research: namely, (UK) labor process theory (LPT). Although LPT's critical and explicitly antioppressive values are endorsed, it is argued that interpretive practices employed by core authors contradict the genre's value base and function to silence and appropriate challenging empirical elements to affirm LPT's valued interpretive schema. The article draws out deeply problematic implications of such appropriation through highlighting parallels between interpretation, appropriation, and colonization. It ends by considering the nature of, and possibility for, more ethical critical interpretive organizational research.
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