Critical Representations of Work and Organization in Popular Culture

Critical Representations of Work and Organization in Popular Culture

Hardback Routledge Advances in Management and Business Studies

By (author) Carl Rhodes, By (author) Robert Westwood


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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 232mm x 20mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 7 January 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415359899
  • ISBN 13: 9780415359894
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 2 black & white tables

Product description

This book challenges traditional organizational theory, looking to representations of work and organizations within popular culture and the ways in which these institutions have also been conceptualized and critiqued there. Through a series of essays, Rhodes and Westwood examine popular culture as a compelling and critical arena in which the complex and contradictory relations that people have with the organizations in which they work are played out.By articulating the knowledge in popular culture with that in theory, they provide new avenues for understanding work organizations as the dominant institutions in contemporary society. Rhodes and Westwood provide a critical review of how organizations are represented in various examples of contemporary popular culture. The book demonstrates how popular culture can be read as an embodiment of knowledge about organizations - often more compelling than those common to theory - and explores the critical potential of such knowledge and the way in which popular culture can reflect on the spirit of resistance, carnivalisation and rebellion.

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Author information

Carl Rhodes is Professor of Organization Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. Robert Westwood is Reader at the University of Queensland Business School. Their book Humour, Work and Organization (2007) is also published by Routledge.

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Organizations and Popular Culture, 2. Management as Popular Culture, 3. Articulating Organization Studies and Popular Culture, 4. Men, Non-Men and Masculinity in Glengarry Glen Ross: The Retardations of the Masculine in Contemporary Capitalistic Organizations, 5. 'Commerce Is Our Goal": Corporate Power and the Novum In Blade Runner, 6. From the 'Rag Trade' to 'Ab Fab': Representations of Work, Gender and the Politics of Difference in British Sitcoms, 7. The Reception of McDonald's in Sociology and Television Animation, 8. Bruce Springsteen, Management Gurus and the Trouble of the Promised Land, 9. Selling Out: Authenticity, Resistance and Punk Rock, 10. Sampling. Tinkering and the Glitch: Bricolage in Popular Music and in Organization Practice