Organisational Anthropology

Organisational Anthropology : Doing Ethnography in and Among Complex Organisations

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Organisational Anthropology is a pioneering analysis of doing ethnographic fieldwork in different types of complex organisations, focusing on the process of initiating contact, establishing rapport and gaining the trust of an organisation's members.The thirteen 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, with barriers including the ideological or financial interests of the organisations, protection of resources and competition between organisations.A number of organisational contexts - including corporations, EU policy arenas, think tanks and the public sector - are explored in case studies from the UK, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Mexico and the USA.show more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 22mm | 499.99g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0745335284
  • 9780745335285
  • 569,086

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'An indispensable summary of contemporary organisational anthropology, presenting methodological challenges, theoretical discussion and insight into what it is like to embark on research in this area' -- Rachel Jane Wile, UCL Institute of Education (London) 'The engagement between organisation studies and anthropology is both long standing and rapidly developing. In this fascinating volume some of the leading exponents of organisational anthropology reflect on its history and future directions; its potentials and pitfalls' -- Christopher Grey, Professor of Organization Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London. 'Lively first hand accounts of carrying out ethnographic fieldwork in contemporary organisational settings - from convenience stores to high tech firms, from think tanks to advertising companies. 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 organisation' -- John Van Maanen, Erwin Schell Professor of Organization Studies at MIT, author of Tales of the Field '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 'This excellent and timely book shows that the anthropological gaze continues to shed light on all things human in surprising ways' -- Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Osloshow more

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).show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements 1. Entries: Engaging organisational worlds by Christina Garsten and Anette Nyqvist Part 1: 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 Part 2: 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 Part 3: 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 Part 4: 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 Indexshow more

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