"All I want to do is get that check and get drunk" Testifying to resistance in Charles Bukowski's Factotum

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dc.contributor.author Rhodes, CH
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:53:41Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Journal Of Organizational Change Management, 2009, 22 (4), pp. 386 - 401
dc.identifier.issn 0953-4814
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/10037
dc.description.abstract Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to examine the themes of resistance to organizations in Charles Bukowski's novel Factotum in relation to contemporary theory in organization studies, and to consider the ways in which the literary depiction of resistance can be used to extend theoretical debates on the subject Design/methodology/approach - Literary fiction, and the novel in particular, is theorized as an undecidable space between experiential reality and creative/fictional experiment that offers a valuable exposition of and experimentation with, the meaning of work in organizations. The theme of resistance to organizations in Factotum is read in terms of how the experiment of the novel can be articulated with discussions of resistance in organization studies. Findings - The paper shows how Bukowski's novel portrays a form of resistance that has elided attention in the organization studies literature - that which is highly individualistic and disorganized yet extreme and overt. This is a resistance that does not just work against the power structures of one organization, but rather rejects all aspects of capitalist work relations other than those necessary for survival. Originality/value - Theoretically, the paper extends theories of resistance in organizations by using Factotum to explore the meaning of extreme individualised organizational resistance. Methodologically the paper exemplifies how the reading of novels can provide insight to the paper of organizations not available through more conventional means by testifying to, and experimenting with, the meaning of organizational experience.
dc.publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1108/09534810910967161
dc.title "All I want to do is get that check and get drunk" Testifying to resistance in Charles Bukowski's Factotum
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Journal Of Organizational Change Management
dc.journal.volume 4
dc.journal.volume 22
dc.journal.number 4 en_US
dc.publocation Bingley en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 386 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 401 en_US
dc.cauo.name BUS.Faculty of Business en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
dc.personcode 980438
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Organisational Planning and Management en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity ISI:000268693600004 en_US
dc.description.keywords Literature; Organisations; Employment; Individual behaviour en_US
dc.description.keywords Literature
dc.description.keywords Organisations
dc.description.keywords Employment
dc.description.keywords Individual behaviour
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business/School of Management
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)


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