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Work, Postmodernism and Organization provides a wide-ranging and very accessible introduction to postmodern theory and its relevance for the cultural world of the work organization. The book provides a critical review of the debates that have shaped organization theory over the past decade, making clear the meaning and significance of postmodern ideas for contemporary organization theory and practice. Work, Postmodernism and Organization will provide valuable material to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of organization theory, organizational behaviour, industrial sociology, and more general business & management and sociology courses.

Organization, Postmodernism and Sexuality
Organization, postmodernism and sexuality

Anything that suggests erotic excess always implies disorder. (Bataille, 1962: 170)

This society turns everything it touches into a potential source of progress and of exploitation, of drudgery and satisfaction, of freedom and of oppression. Sexuality is no exception. (Marcuse, 1986 [1964]: 78 original emphasis)

In the final chapter of this part, we consider what remains perhaps one of the most taboo topics within contemporary organization theory, namely sex and sexuality. Certainly, the separation of sexuality and organization, based on the juxtaposition which Bataille alludes to above, means that sexuality as a ‘frontier’ of control and resistance within organizational life (Burrell, 1984: 102) – itself both organized and organizing – seems to have been somewhat neglected. However, even where this ...

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