Ideal as an introduction and as a quick reference, Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies explores the essential concepts used within the field today. Specially edited and written by a range of international experts, key ideas are succinctly explained and illustrated beyond a simple definition. Further reading suggestions and cross-referencing provide the reader with means to develop their knowledge further.

With over 50 entries, from Actor Network Theory to Utopianism, readers have instant access and explanation of the most influential concepts in CMS literature. Clear and engaging, this will provide strong support for all courses involving critical management and is a perfect resource for anyone with an interest in this field.

Subjectivity and Subjectivation

Subjectivity and subjectivation

Definition: Subjectivity is the experience of being a human subject. Subjectivation is the process by which one becomes a subject.

Subjectivity is a central concept in modern Continental philosophy, but its meaning is complex and variable. The philosophical idea of an individualised self-consciousness dates back to Descartes, for whom the thinking subject provides an indubitable foundation for truth in the world. Over the last fifty years, thinkers have challenged this essentialist notion of the subject. It is argued that, contrary to Descartes, the subject is not universally given, but is in fact socially constructed by forms of knowledge and techniques of power. The historical fabrication of subjectivity has come to be known as ‘subjectivation’.

The word ‘subject’ has a number of meanings: ...

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