Coffee and the business of pleasure: the case of Harbucks vs. Mr Tweek

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Show simple item record Rhodes, CH 2009-08-20T13:02:06Z 2002-01
dc.identifier.citation Culture and Organization, 2002, 8 (4), pp. 293 - 306
dc.identifier.issn 1475-9551
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract In this paper, I examine the representation of organizations in the television cartoon series South Park . In particular the South Park episode 'Gnomes' is reviewed - this episode contains a direct parody of the role and conduct of organizations in society as its story revolves around a 'fictitious' coffee chain, Harbucks', attempt at a hostile takeover of a small town coffee shop. Drawing on the episode's roman a clef (or perhaps cartoon a clef ) depiction of the global coffee retailing organization Starbucks, it is argued that this popular culture representation offers opportunities to critique and debate organizational behaviour in a way not available to modes of representation common to Organization Studies. Following Bakhtin's model of the carnival, South Park is read as exemplary of a subversive culture of folk humour that mocks, satirises and undermines official institutions - a culture rich in understandings of contemporary organizations and their relationship with society.
dc.publisher Routledge
dc.title Coffee and the business of pleasure: the case of Harbucks vs. Mr Tweek
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Culture and Organization
dc.journal.volume 4
dc.journal.volume 8
dc.journal.number 4 en_US
dc.publocation Milton Park UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 293 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 306 en_US BUS.School of Management en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 220102 Business Ethics
dc.for 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
dc.personcode 980438
dc.percentage 75 en_US Organisation and Management Theory en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.description.keywords Cultural Studies; Economics, Finance, Business & Industry; Personnel and Human Resource Management; en_US
dc.description.keywords Cultural Studies
dc.description.keywords Economics, Finance, Business & Industry
dc.description.keywords Personnel and Human Resource Management
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 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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