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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.


In the second part of this book, we shifted our attention away from providing what was a relatively straightforward account of the various intersections between postmodernism and organization theory, towards a critical exploration of the increased emphasis that, in recent years, seems to have been placed on the management and theorization of the cultural, emotional and sexual dimensions of organizational life. Although these aspects of organizational life have traditionally been suppressed in both the management and theorization of organizations, they have also, as some of the more reflexive contributors to the discipline such as Burrell (1997) have emphasized, constituted an enduring sub-text within organizational life, often underpinning the very processes of organizing that sought to exclude them. It is our view that what unites ...

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