Being social in organizational studies: the early works of Stewart Clegg

Taylor and Francis
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Journal Article
Journal of Political Power, 2014, 7 (2), pp. 307 - 318 (7)
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Routledge Revivals, an initiative that aims to reissue out of print works by distin- guished academics, has republished six early publications (co-)authored or edited over an 11-year period between 1975 and 1986 by Stewart Clegg. These are works by Clegg as an early career researcher, not yet established in either sociology or management but hovering in between the two disciplines. Clegg’s (2005) ‘Vita Contemplative’ indicates that he wrote the first of these books as a lonely sociologist in a Management Center. The second was also produced therein, but in the context of involvement in the nascent stages of the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS), whose founding meeting was held in 1974. The third was written in the setting of an avant-garde School of Humanities at Griffith University, where Clegg teamed up with Geoff Dow, a politi- cal economist, and his friend Paul Boreham (from the University of Queensland), an industrial sociologist. The other books were published when Clegg was Head of the Sociology Department at the University of New England. There was no Business School within Queensland’s universities at the time of his early appointment. These books laid the foundations for Clegg’s subsequent work by emphasizing the social, particularly power relations, within management and organizational studies, leading to his becoming the acclaimed organization and management scholar of today. In broad terms, the six early books by Clegg concern both organizations and sociology, with differing emphases in each volume. The following is a chronological review of these early texts, concluding with some observations on the value they might contribute to contemporary scholarship.
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