In our daily experiences, we feel, perceive, designate, invoke or comment on a plurality of beings: people, artifacts, technologies, institutions, projects, animals, divinities, emotions, cultures, ideologies or opinions that are part of our world. While these beings are all part of our world, they present various forms of existence. Echoing recent developments in existential anthropology, Communication as Constitutive of Organization (CCO) research, and Actor Network Theory, here scholars from a variety of disciplines discuss how they study the types of beings that have been at the core of their respective research. Reflecting on the specific mode of existence, presence and action of the being they follow, they reveal the methodological innovations they deploy in order to analyze excerpts of field notes, filmed interactions, conversations, pictures, newspapers, narratives, etc.
How to follow and analzye a diversity of beings: An introduction
François Cooren and Fabienne Malbois
Following and analyzing a human being: On the continuity and singularity of an individual
Marine Kneubühler and Albert Piette
Following and analyzing a project: On the intricacies of shadowing a messy being
Following and analyzing public opinion: Invention and circulation of an authority figure
Following and analyzing an artifact: Culture-through-things
Following and analyzing a divinity: God speaks in public, or charismatic prophecy from intimacy to politics
Following and analyzing an identity: The case of the public specular appearances of Chelsea (Bradley) Manning
Being followed by an organization: A hauntological perspective on organizational ethnography
Frederik Matte and Nicolas Bencherki
Following and analyzing an idea:What does it mean to do so for a communication researcher?
The goal of this series is to publish original research in the field of organizational communication, with a particular—but not exclusive—focus on the constitutive or performative aspects of communication. In doing so, this series aims to be an outlet for cutting-edge research monographs, edited books, and handbooks that will redefine, refresh and redirect scholarship in this field.
The volumes published in this series address topics as varied as branding, spiritual organizing, collaboration, employee communication, corporate authority, organizational timing and spacing, organizational change, organizational sense making, organization membership, and disorganization. What unifies this diversity of themes is the authors’ focus on communication, especially in its constitutive and performative dimensions. In other words, authors are encouraged to highlight the key role communication plays in all these processes.