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The good old days yet to come: postalgic times for the new spirit of capitalism

Land, Christopher and Taylor, Scott (2014) 'The good old days yet to come: postalgic times for the new spirit of capitalism.' Management and Organizational History, 9 (2). pp. 202-219. ISSN 1744-9359

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Abstract

The spirit of capitalism has been read from biographies, accounting methods and popular managerial texts. Here we explore it by report on a ‘compressed ethnography’ of a festival-type event for practising and budding entrepreneurs, the Do Lectures. Our analysis provides insight into a developing spirit of capitalist enterprise not yet discursively settled into text or organizational practice. We suggest that the event and its surrounding virtual community constructions contain intimations of a different spirit founded on the incorporation of a range of temporally conditioned beliefs related to the natural environment, work and organization. This in turn, we argue, suggests that spirits of capitalism can be understood as temporally more complex than as a series of linear progressions. We conclude by noting the potential for conceptual development to better interpret and understand the pasts, presents and futures of capitalism through this approach.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: capitalism, environment, ethnography, nostalgia, spirit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Users 161 not found.
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2014 15:18
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2014 15:18
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10817

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