Discourse, Discipline and the Subjectby Damian Edward Hodgson
Pub. Date: 12/01/2000
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
This excellently written, well-structured and theoretically, methodologically and empirically sophisticated text engages with a number of important debates in both sociology and organization studies. It explores issues surrounding the constitution of managerial knowledge, newer forms of organizational control, identity and gender and sheds light on the implications of the discursive construction of "financial services"as a cohesive entity in the United Kingdom in the last 15 years. The book develops an ethically and politically committed form of critical analysis which can bridge the gap between large-scale cultural and economic shifts and the conduct of managers, employees and consumers within these networks of power. It will be of interest to a broad readership within sociology, organization studies and management.
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Table of ContentsContents&&58; From Foucault to financial services; Power and discipline; Discourse, the subject and ethics; The discursive construction of the financial services industry; Identity and the discourse of culture management; Project management and professionalism in the IT function; Subjectivity, masculinity and the control of the sales force; Ethos, ethics and financial services; Appendix; Index; Bibliography.
"This book is a model of social science scholarship at its best. Written in a clear and lucid style, Hodgson pushes forward the debates in organization theory around Foucauldian analysis and at the same time brings to life the men and women who work at the sharp end in insurance and banking. It is a rare blend of theoretical sophistication and human insight, which deserves a wide audience from anyone interested in contemporary working lives."- Dr. Christopher Grey, University of Cambridge.
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