Pierre Bourdieu, the French sociologist, philosopher, and anthropologist, has been widely studied and analyzed in academic circles, particularly in sociology, where his ideas about power relations in social life helped to define the contemporary field. While many other sociological theories and figures have been extensively discussed and analyzed within the contexts of organization studies and management, Bourdieu’s ideas have, until recently, been largely ignored. Offering an authoritative evaluation of Bourdieu’s work, this book provides readers with conceptual frameworks, empirical examples, and methodological considerations for advancing theory and research in management and organization studies.
This book presents an in-depth review of the relevance of Bourdieu’s social theory for organization and management studies, outlining the key aspects of Bourdieu’s approach and situating his work in its historical and intellectual context of the time. An outline of the treatment of Bourdieuan theory by management and organization scholars and a critique of the selective reception of his work are offered. The first edited collection to explore the benefits of Bourdieuan sociology for a management audience, this book is relevant for theory, research, and practice, and will appeal to an international scholarly audience of academics and research students.
‘This book offers an authoritative evaluation of Bourdieu’s sociological contribution, which provides readers with conceptual frameworks, empirical examples and methodological considerations for advancing theory and research in management and organisation studies.’ – Geraldine Healy, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
1. Introduction Part 1: New Frontiers in Theory Building 2. Theorizing at Multiple Levels3. Theorizing Change and Inertia4. Carnal Theorizing Part 2: Empirical Insights 5. Understanding Management and Organizations as Bourdieuan Fields6. Illusio and Doxa in the Context of Managerial and Organizational Practice7. Framing Symbolic Violence in Management and Organizations8. Researching Habitus9. Exploring Different Forms of Capitals10. On the Possibilities of Strategic Agency in Organizations Part 3: Methodological Reflections 11. Relational Methods in Management and Organization Studies12. A Reflexive Turn in Researching Management and Organizations13. Scholarship with Commitment 14. Conclusion
Management, Organizations and Society represents innovative work grounded in new realities; addressing issues crucial to an understanding of the contemporary world. This is the world of organized societies, where boundaries between formal and informal, public and private, local and global organizations have been displaced or vanished along with other nineteenth century dichotomies and oppositions. Management, apart from becoming a specialised profession for a growing number of people, is an everyday activity for most members of modern societies. Management, Organizations and Society will address these contemporary dynamics of transformation in a manner that transcends disciplinary boundaries, with work which will appeal to researchers, students and practitioners alike.