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Title: Organizing for individuation: alternative organizing, politics and new identities
Authors: Reedy, Patrick
King, Daniel
Coupland, Christine
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by SAGE Publications
Citation: REEDY, P., KING, D. and COUPLAND, C., 2016. Organizing for individuation: alternative organizing, politics and new identities. Organization Studies, 37 (11), pp. 1553-1573.
Abstract: Organization theorists have predominantly studied identity and organizing within the managed work organization. This frames organization as a structure within which identity work occurs, often as a means of managerial control. In our paper our contribution is to develop the concept of individuation pursued through prefigurative practices within alternative organizing to reframe this relation. We combine recent scholarship on alternative organizations and new social movements to provide a theoretical grounding for an ethnographic study of the prefigurative organizing practices and related identity work of an alternative group in a UK city. We argue that in such groups, identity, organizing and politics become a purposeful set of integrated processes aimed at the creation of new forms of life in the here and now, thus organizing is politics is identity. Our study presents a number of challenges and possibilities to scholars of organization, enabling them to extend their understanding of organization and identity in the contemporary world.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal, Organization Studies. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840616641983
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0170840616641983
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20773
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840616641983
ISSN: 1741-3044
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