By Peter Fleming
In an age while huge organizations dominate the industrial and political panorama, it truly is tempting to imagine that their energy is going mostly unchecked. initially released in 2007, Contesting the company counters this view via displaying that modern day agencies are pushed through political fight, energy performs and makes an attempt to withstand keep watch over. development on a variety of theoretical assets, Fleming and Spicer current an research of the various ways that strength operates in the smooth office. they start through development a theoretical point of view that synthesizes prior investigations of energy and resistance, opting for fight as a key proposal. every one bankruptcy illustrates a distinct size of place of work battle through an array of unique empirical reviews when it comes to sexuality, cynicism, new social events and new-wave alternate unionism. The publication concludes by means of demonstrating that social justice claims underlie even the main harmless kinds of resistance, supporting to remodel a number of the greatest sleek organizations.
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Many studies of subjectification have focused on how organizations produce certain types of subjectivity and personhood (Knights and Willmott, 1989). Power is examined as ‘a medium of relations in which subjectivity, as a complex, contradictory, shifting experience, is produced, transformed or reproduced through the social practices within which such power is exercised’ (Knights and Willmott, 1989: 541). Subjectification has been most notably identified in discourses of corporate strategy. Strategy has been shown to involve a set of power/knowledge relations that appeared at a particular historical juncture, providing employees with a secure sense of self as strategizing agents (Knights and Morgan, 1991).
These groups have been important for widening the politics of organization to include the environment, immigration, consumerism and Third World relief. Gaining inspiration from books such as Naomi Klein’s (2000) No Logo and Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s (2000) Empire, protests in Melbourne, Genoa, Seattle, Prague and Davos, to name but a few, were swiftly organized in an informal manner, creating a convincing counter-narrative regarding the inimical effects of international business. Underground associations such as Ya Basta and tute bianche (white overalls) protested at international business meetings organized by, for example, the World Trade 38 Theoretical framework Organization, the G8 and the World Economic Forum in order to gain maximum media exposure.
Following the Foucauldian approach, an important aspect of resistance is the creation of alternative identities and discursive systems of representation within the context of broader flows of domination. An important influence on this way of analysing resistance is the application of Foucault’s work by Michel de Certeau in The Practice of Everyday Life (1984). He understands resistance as an everyday tactical process of ‘making do’ with the materials at hand. Resistance from this perspective ‘insinuates itself into the other’s place, fragmentarily, without taking it over in its entirety, without being able to keep it at a distance’ (de Certeau 1984: xix).
Contesting the Corporation: Struggle, Power and Resistance in Organizations by Peter Fleming