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Someone big and important : Recognition and affect in an international development workplace.

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dc.contributor.author Kenny, Kate
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-27T11:25:04Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-27T11:25:04Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Kenny, K. (2012) Someone big and important : Recognition and affect in an international development workplace. Organization Studies (in press) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1741-3044
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2702
dc.description.abstract Psychoanalysis has been widely used to develop our understanding of power in organizations. In this paper, I draw on a case study of a non-profit organization in the field of international development, in order to explore in depth how people engage with powerful discourses at play in this context. I use an ethnographic approach to do so, and find Lacan's ideas on identification and affect to be useful in the analysis of the case. I show how, at first glance, people appeared to readily alter their activities and goals in response to the wishes of an important donor. However, moving deeper to examine identifications on the part of people themselves reveals complex forms of recognition that were inscribed by affective relations. I discuss the implications of these findings for the study of organizations, including the contribution of the concept of affect for studies of identification and subjection in organizations, and the value of ethnographic research approaches that draw upon Lacan's work on recognition. en_US
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dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Organization Studies en
dc.subject Lacan en_US
dc.subject Affect en_US
dc.subject Identification en_US
dc.subject Organization en_US
dc.subject Recognition en_US
dc.subject Participant observation en_US
dc.title Someone big and important : Recognition and affect in an international development workplace. en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.date.updated 2012-04-26T14:50:55Z
dc.local.publishedsource http://oss.sagepub.com/content/by/year/2012 en_US
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dc.local.contact Kate Kenny, School Of Political Science, & Sociology, Room 220, Aras Moyola, Nui Galway. 5401 Email: kate.kenny@nuigalway.ie
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