Traditionally social science treated culture as a peripheral issue, but the last twenty years have witnessed a cultural turn throughout the social sciences. Culture is now at the core of debate. Culture and Economy After the Cultural Turn examines the impact of the cultural turn for the social sciences in relation to the decline of interest in economic aspects of society. It presents a number of responses to the changing relationship between culture and economy, and to the way in which the cultural turn has sought to understand it.

Changing the People: Social Engineering in the Contemporary Workplace

Changing the people: Social engineering in the contemporary workplace
PaulThompson and PatriciaFindlay

It is virtually impossible to manoeuvre your way around a large manufacturing or service organization without hearing managers and even workers talking about ‘the culture’ and why it is or isn't being changed. Not since the heyday of motivation theory has an academic concept penetrated workplace life so deeply. And for all its popular usage, culture or the ‘cultural turn’ is indeed an intellectual product. For more than a decade now managerialists and social scientists alike have been making ‘academic talk’ of a paradigm shift from technical or bureaucratic modes of workplace regulation to culture and the management of meaning; from treating employees in a regimented ...

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