Organisational Anthropology

Organisational Anthropology : Doing Ethnography in and Among Complex Organisations

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Organisational Anthropology, newly published in paperback, is a pioneering analysis of doing ethnographic fieldwork in different types of complex organisations. The book focuses on the process of initiating contact, establishing rapport and gaining the trust of the organisation's members. The contributors work from the premise that doing fieldwork in an organisation shares essential characteristics with fieldwork in more 'classical' anthropological environments, but that it also poses some particular challenges to the ethnographer. These include the ideological or financial interests of the organisations, protection of resources and competition between organisations. Organisational Anthropology brings together and highlights crucial aspects of doing anthropology in contemporary complex settings, and will have wide appeal to students, researchers and academics in anthropology and organisation studies.
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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 22mm | 519.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745332471
  • 9780745332475
  • 1,563,336

About Christina Garsten

Christina Garsten is Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University and Chair of the Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (Score) at Stockholm University and Stockholm School of Economics. She is the author of Workplace Vagabonds: Career and Community in Changing Worlds of Work (2008) and co-editor of Ethical Dilemmas in Management Organizing (2009), Transnational Accountability (2008) and Transparency in a New Global Order (2008). Anette Nyqvist is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University and holds a research position at Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (Score) at Stockholm University and Stockholm School of Economics. She is the author of Opening the Orange Envelope: Risk and Responsibility in the Remaking of Sweden's National Pension System (2008).
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This vital and vibrant collection is sure to appeal to graduate students in anthropology and sociology as well as those in organizational psychology. Highly Recommended. -- CHOICE For more than a hundred years, anthropologists have excelled in making the exotic familiar and the familiar exotic. This excellent and timely book shows that the anthropological gaze continues to shed light on all things human in surprising ways, as well as providing a much needed alternative analytical perspective on bureaucracies and other formal organisations. -- Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo Christina Garsten and Anette Nyqvist have put together baker's dozen of fresh and lively first-hand accounts of carrying out ethnographic fieldwork in contemporary organizational settings - from convenience stores to high tech firms, from think tanks to advertising companies. That classical anthropological interests and means are highly relevant in such settings - although strained and stretched in various ways - is a point brought home vividly across the selections. This is a work that will appeal not only to anthropologists but also to all those with a scholarly or practical interest in culture and organization. -- John Van Maanen, Erwin Schell Professor of Organization Studies at MIT, author of Tales of the Field The engagement between organization studies and anthropology is both longstanding and rapidly developing. In this fascinating volume some of the leading exponents of organizational anthropology reflect on its history and future directions; its potentials and pitfalls. The book is an invaluable resource for all those who research organizations or are simply interested in the nature, both extraordinary and mundane, of organizational life as disclosed by anthropological study. -- Christopher Grey, Professor of Organization Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements 1 Entries: Engaging organisational worlds, by Christina Garsten and Anette Nyqvist I Corporate corridors 2 Counter intelligence: The contingencies of clerkship at the epicenter of convenience culture, by Gavin Hamilton Whitelaw 3 Counter-espionage: Fieldwork among culture experts in Bang & Olufsen, by Jacob Krause Jensen 4 When life goes to work: Authenticity and managerial control in the contemporary firm, by Peter Fleming 5 Oblique ethnography: Engaging collaborative complicity among globalised corporate managers, by Emil A. Royrvik II Policy arenas 6 Access to all stages?: Studying through policy in a culture of accessibility, by Anette Nyqvist 7 Punctuated entries: Doing fieldwork in policy meetings in the EU, by Renita Thedvall 8 The instrumental gaze: The case of public sector reorganisation, by Halvard Vike III Working the network 9 All about ties: Think tanks and the economy of connections, by Christina Garsten 10 Working connections, helping friends: Fieldwork, organisations and cultural styles, by Brian Moeran 11 Messy logic: Organisational interactions and joint commitment in railway planning, by Asa Boholm IV Opaque worlds 12 The profane ethnographer: Fieldwork with a secretive organisation, by Lilith Mahmud 13 Communicative nature of money: Aligning organisational anthropology with technocratic experiments, by Douglas R. Holmes 14 Not being there: The power of strategic absence in organisational anthropology, by Tara Schwegler 15 Momentum: Pushing ethnography ahead, by Christina Garsten and Anette Nyqvist Index
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