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Power matters: Posthuman entanglements in a social solidarity clinic

Kokkinidis, George and Checchi, Marco (2021) 'Power matters: Posthuman entanglements in a social solidarity clinic.' Organization. ISSN 1350-5084

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Abstract

This paper develops a materialist and performative conception of power, proposing a theoretical framework that bridges Barad’s intra-active agential ontology and Foucault’s microphysics of power. The article uses empirical data collected from a social clinic in Greece where the traditional apparatus of the clinic is contested and experimentally reconfigured. We focus on three overlapping themes and reflect on how power relations materialize themselves through everyday practices and multiple entanglements between human and non-human agents. We argue that these entanglements constitute the dynamic matter of power: their performative reiteration determines how power matters. By showing how power materially exceeds the manifest intentions of human agents, our case study aims to contribute to an idea of alternative organising that accounts for the materiality of mundane posthuman entanglements within an antagonistic understanding of power.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alternative organizing, Barad, entanglements, Foucault, intra-action, performativity, power, social clinic, sociomateriality
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2021 15:59
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2021 18:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30930

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