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dc.contributor.authorKenny, Kate
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-27T11:25:04Z
dc.date.available2012-04-27T11:25:04Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.citationKenny, K. (2012) Someone big and important : Recognition and affect in an international development workplace. Organization Studies (in press)en_US
dc.identifier.issn1741-3044
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/2702
dc.description.abstractPsychoanalysis 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.subjectLacanen_US
dc.subjectAffecten_US
dc.subjectIdentificationen_US
dc.subjectOrganizationen_US
dc.subjectRecognitionen_US
dc.subjectParticipant observationen_US
dc.titleSomeone big and important : Recognition and affect in an international development workplace.en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.date.updated2012-04-26T14:50:55Z
dc.local.publishedsourcehttp://oss.sagepub.com/content/by/year/2012en_US
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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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