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Inside Organizations: Anthropologists at Work

Inside Organizations: Anthropologists at Work (Hardback)

Edited by Gellner, David
Edited by Hirsch, Eric

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Most of us work in or for one, but there are surprisingly few sustained analyses of the problems and peculiarities of organizations. Anthropologists are increasingly turning their attention to the study of western organizations, and this timely collection addresses the pleasures ...and pitfalls of ethnographic research undertaken across a range of organizational contexts. From museums to laboratories, health clinics, and multinational businesses, leading anthropologists discuss their fieldwork experiences, the problems they encountered, and the solutions they came up with. This book highlights the practical, political and ethical dimensions of research in organizations. Among issues vividly described are the relations between gender and politics in organizational hierarchies. How are sexual politics played out and experienced in health clinics? How does a business manager's personal biography affect the relationships within the organization as a whole? How are language and metaphor used to refigure the way people think about and act in organizations? Institutions often have well-defined procedures for bringing in visitors and guests. When is the anthropologist an insider to the organization, and when an outsider? What ethical issues arise when researchers are caught between observing organizations and participating in their work? In answering these and other questions the authors consider both the current status and future prospects for organizational ethnography. Comprehensive and varied, the book represents an invaluable aid to anyone interested in the politics and complexities of working life.
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ISBN 9781859734827
Released NZ 1 Apr 2001
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781859734827
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Berg Publishers
Released 1 Apr 2001
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) Edited by Gellner, David
Edited by Hirsch, Eric
Category Sociology: Work & Labour
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Organizational Theory & Behaviour
Number of Pages 284
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 18mm
Dewey Code 302.35
Weight 555g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Business anthropology, Research, Organizational sociology
NBS Text Social Studies: General
ONIX Text College/higher education