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Organization/literature: Exploring the seam

De Cock, C and Land, C (2006) 'Organization/literature: Exploring the seam.' Organization Studies, 27 (4). 517 - 535. ISSN 0170-8406


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In this paper we develop a particular way of understanding literature and organization with the aim of drawing on and extending the relationship between the two. Hence our subtitle: exploring the seam. Although the use of literary concepts and theories within our discipline is now well established, the way in which such ideas are taken up often neglects debate and contestation by treating 'literature' as a relatively homogeneous field. By following some of the ardent debates relating to issues of representation, the relation between text and extra-textual reality, and literature's disclosure of its status as fiction, we find a discussion of (social) organization at the heart of contemporary literary theory. It is the oscillation between literature and organization that structures this paper and gives us our argument: that 'organization' and 'literature' are mutually co-articulating and interdependent concepts and fields of enquiry. Copyright © 2005 SAGE Publications.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD58.7 Organizational behavior, change and effectiveness. Corporate culture
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Centre for Work, Organisation and Society
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2016 16:22
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:15

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