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dc.contributor.authorKenny, Kate
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-27T11:08:33Z
dc.date.available2012-04-27T11:08:33Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationKenny, K. (2009) 'The performative surprise: parody, documentary and critique'. Culture and Organization, 15 (2).en_US
dc.identifier.issn1477-2760
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/2700
dc.description.abstractCan parody help us to "re-imagine" the organizations and institutions we live with (Du Gay 2007, 13)? Or, like many forms of critique, does parody risk being incorporated: becoming part of the power it aims to make fun of? In this paper, drawing on Judith Butler's work, I argue that certain circumstances enable parody to destabilize hegemonic, taken-for-granted institutions (Butler 1990). I explore these ideas through a reading of the Yes Men documentary (Tartan Video, 2005). This film features a series of humorous representations of the World Trade Organization (WTO). I show how these act to denaturalize and effectively critique this dominant force in global trade. This paper discusses the value of parody for helping us to re-think and re-make particular institutions and organizations. In doing so, I point to the importance of creating a spectacle in which parody can travel beyond its immediate location, so that it can reach ever newer audiences with its 'performative surprise' (Butler 1990, xxvi). I suggest that the rise of the Internet, and inexpensive documentary techniques, offer interesting new ways for achieving this.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.relation.ispartofCulture and Organizationen
dc.subjectParodyen_US
dc.subjectOrganizationen_US
dc.subjectDocumentaryen_US
dc.subjectInterneten_US
dc.subjectResistanceen_US
dc.subjectButleren_US
dc.titleThe performative surprise: parody, documentary and critiqueen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.date.updated2012-04-26T15:28:32Z
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14759550902925385
dc.local.publishedsourcehttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14759550902925385en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewedpeer-reviewed
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dc.local.contactKate Kenny, School Of Political Science, & Sociology, Room 220, Aras Moyola, Nui Galway. 5401 Email: kate.kenny@nuigalway.ie
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