Turning Words, Spinning Worlds: Chapter in Organizational Ethnography [NOOK Book]

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This collection represents Michael Rosen's encounter with an 'ethnography of the center' - the study of cultural orders in the heart of the metropolis. In a field where it is more common to study the other rather than the self, the low rather than the high, the peripheral rather than the central, Michael Rosen instead took as his subject the complex, frenzied and interrelated occupational worlds of finance and advertising, which create, channel and trade in the currencies of meaning that sustain and animate the ...
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Turning Words, Spinning Worlds: Chapter in Organizational Ethnography

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Overview

This collection represents Michael Rosen's encounter with an 'ethnography of the center' - the study of cultural orders in the heart of the metropolis. In a field where it is more common to study the other rather than the self, the low rather than the high, the peripheral rather than the central, Michael Rosen instead took as his subject the complex, frenzied and interrelated occupational worlds of finance and advertising, which create, channel and trade in the currencies of meaning that sustain and animate the cultural economy of the metropolis and the lives of its residents. This tantalizing collage of images, insights, stories, analysis and reflection gives the reader a taste of what ethnography can and should accomplish when directed at the citadels of power rather than its outposts.
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Editorial Reviews

Dvora Yanow
Rosen's writing style anticipated and illustrates recent attention to writing practices, including narrative as method....his writing challenges the boundary between social science and fiction".
Gideon Kunda
It is a collection in which both text and subtext speak to the possibilities and difficulties of ethnographic practice and its inextricably tied promise and pitfalls. And together, in the light they cast upon each other, they produce what should be the ultimate goal of good ethnography: multilayered, evocative stories that ring of truth".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134435777
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/31/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 261
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Organizational Ethnography
Coming to Terms With the Field: Understanding and Doing Organizational Ethnography
Breakfast at Spiro's: Dramaturgy and Dominance
You Asked for It: Christmas at the Bosses' Expense
Ecological Ethnography
Crashing in '87: Power and Symbolism in the Dow
Staying on the String: The Yo and the Market in Eight-Nine
Building Bridges and Living Lives: A Critique of Bureaucracy, Ideology and Concrete Artifacts
Contingent Knowledge
There to Here and No Way Back: The Late Life of a Cocaine Dealer
Scholars, Travelers, Thieves: On Concept, Method and Cunning in Organizational Ethnography

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