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Adorno’s grey, Taussig’s blue: Colour, organization and critical affect

Beyes, T and De Cock, C (2017) 'Adorno’s grey, Taussig’s blue: Colour, organization and critical affect.' Organization, 24 (1). 59 - 78. ISSN 1350-5084


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In this article, we seek to open up the study of affect and organization to colour. Often simply taken for granted in organizational life and usually neglected in organizational thought, colour is an affective force by default. Deploying and interweaving the languages of affect theory, critical theory and organization studies, we discuss colour as a primary phenomenon for the study of ‘critical affect’. We then trace colour’s affect in conditioning the unfolding of organization in two particular ‘colour/spaces’ – Adorno’s grey and Taussig’s blue of our title – and discuss both its ambiguity and critical potential. Finally, we ponder what colour might do to the style of an organizational scholarship attuned to affect, where sentences blur with things and forces more than they seek to represent them.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Centre for Work, Organisation and Society
Depositing User: Christian De Cock
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2016 09:04
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2021 10:16

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