Anatomising Embodiment and Organization Theory by K. Dale

By K. Dale

Anatomising Embodiment and employer concept explores the connection among the human physique and the improvement of social idea approximately businesses and organizing. The technological know-how of anatomy is taken as a trend for wisdom either one of the human physique and/or businesses, and the dual symbols of dissection--the scalpel and the mirror--are used to appreciate the creation of data approximately corporations.

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Yet they are also part of our cultural understandings of the world around us, and as such have a place in our imaginations (compare images of organisations in the novels of Dickens and Kafka). , 2000). There are two main ways in which these technologies are said to reshape the body, making it more fluid. The first is through the disruption of the lived experience of the physical body and its relationship to space and time, and is usually related to information and communication technologies, virtual reality, video conferencing and the Internet.

The `anatomising urge' (Sawday, 1995) has become incised deep into the heart of what is understood by both scientific method and philosophical rationality, the twin foundation stones of the `western' intellectual tradition. Thus Chapter 4 considers in more depth the characteristics and development of the `anatomising urge'. Chapter 5 relates this form of knowledge to the development of organisation studies as a discipline. It also examines how assumptions of the anatomised body have 26 Anatomising Embodiment and Organisation Theory become embedded in some of the central concepts of the discipline, such as the elision between `organisation' and `organism', and the use of organic models applied to organisations.

Could argue, when introducing an edited collection of papers focusing on the multitude of ways that (female) bodies are socially constructed: `We cannot speak of the female body as if it were an invariant presence through history. , 1990, p. 4). Not only has the biological been questioned and seen as pertinent to sociological understanding, but these critiques have been turned back on to biology ± and other sciences ± to show that they themselves are constructed via a socially and linguistically shaped view of the world.

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