Works/words of power (collected papers)

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2013
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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. This thesis contains 3rd party copyright material. ----- The small sample of work submitted is a fraction of an academic lifetime, much of which has been spent writing on ‘power’, and almost all of which has taken its bearings from this fundamental work. I have chosen to include two of the four books that I have written that explicitly deal with power: Frameworks of Power (1989) and Power and Organizations (2006), the latter written in concert with David Courpasson and Nelson Phillips. Each of these books surveys, in different ways, the terrain of power in social and organization theories and builds original theory out of this survey. In addition I have submitted four journal articles, each of which extends the power theme in different ways. The Organization Studies paper “Essai: From Iron Cages to Liquid Modernity in Organization Analysis”, co-authored with Carmen Baumler, which extends classical arguments about the ‘iron cage’ of bureaucracy to contemporary conditions of liquid modernity, an argument that developed out of an encounter with Carmen’s work on ‘emotional intelligence and affective computing’, work which barely survived in the paper through the revision process. The paper considerably extends recent concerns in organization studies with power and surveillance. In the Journal of Management Inquiry paper, “Why is organization theory so ignorant? The neglect of total institutions”, several elements are important. First, to raise (again – it has been a fairly constant theme) the issue of engaged and ethical scholarship; second to try and right the neglect of the work of Erving Goffman in his contributions to institutional theory; third to show the relevance of organization theory from a sociological perspective, especially as informed by Zygmunt Bauman’s work. Finally, there are two more Organization Studies papers. “Puritans, Visionaries and Survivors” is included because it demonstrates the ways in which I see my work as being in a tradition of inquiry that has its roots in the great sociologist, Max Weber. It is widely recognized that my work has Weberian resonances, perhaps nowhere more explicitly than this paper. “Vita Contemplativa: A Life in Part” is included for two reasons: first, it was a great honour and acknowledgement of my contribution to be asked to write this paper, as it located me in a pantheon of colleagues whose work I respect enormously; second, the paper is conceived in part as a biographical account of my academic and geographical journeys and has some small interest as such because it enables the reader to tie the threads of the works and words into a coherent story.
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