Through the looking glass: leader personhood and the intersubjective construction of institutions

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Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Journal of Political Power, 2018, 11 (3), pp. 378 - 402
Issue Date:
2018
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Institutions have been mainly understood in a dualistic way: as abstract, macro cultural logics, or as inhabited socio-cultural sites. This form of dualism divided people into cognitive cultural dopes or persons with a heart. Scholars are now trying to overcome dualistic modes of thinking about people in institutions, through the consideration of the persons as whole human beings. In this new theoretical approach, it is crucial to understand how institutions frame individual action and how individuals shape institutions. We study this duality by considering the lived experience of Colombia’s presidential transition period from Uribe to Santos in the decade of the 2010s.
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