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The Body Dances: Carnival Dance and Organization

Slutskaya, N and De Cock, CJL (2008) 'The Body Dances: Carnival Dance and Organization.' Organization, 15 (6). pp. 851-868. ISSN 1350-5084


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Building on the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Maurice Merleau-Ponty we seek to open up traditional categories of thought surrounding the relation `body-organization' and elicit a thought experiment: What happens if we move the body from the periphery to the centre? We pass the interlocking theoretical concepts of object-body/subject-body and habitus through the theoretically constructed empirical case of `carnival dance' in order to re-evaluate such key organizational concepts as knowledge and learning. In doing so, we connect with an emerging body of literature on `sensible knowledge'; knowledge that is produced and preserved within bodily practices. The investigation of habitual appropriation in carnival dance also allows us to make links between repetition and experimentation, and reflect on the mechanism through which the principles of social organization, whilst internalized and experienced as natural, are embodied so that humans are capable of spontaneously generating an infinite array of appropriate actions. This perspective on social and organizational life, where change and permanence are intricately interwoven, contrasts sharply with the dominant view in organization studies which juxtaposes change/ creativity and stability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: body Bourdieu carnival creativity knowledge learning Merleau-Ponty
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Centre for Work, Organisation and Society
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2011 16:50
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:03

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