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Alternative Business: Outlaws, Crime and Culture / Edition 1

Alternative Business: Outlaws, Crime and Culture / Edition 1

by Martin Parker


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From Robin Hood to Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, outlaws have been a central part of 800 years of culture. These are characters who criticise the power of those in the castle or the skyscraper, and earn their keep by breaking the law. Outlaws break categories too. They are fact and fiction, opposition and product, culture and economy, natural justice and organized crime.

Beginning with Robin Hood stealing from the rich, and covering along the way pirates, smugglers, highwaymen, the Wild West, the Mafia and many others, Martin Parker offers a fresh and exciting insight into the counter culture of the outlaw – one that rebels against the more dominant and traditional forms of economy and organization and celebrates a life free from wage slavery.

Alternative Business is a highly readable, entertaining book that will prove a helpful study tool for all students and lecturers working on organizations, cultural studies and criminology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415586481
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/04/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 982,900
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Martin Parker is Professor of Organization Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. He has authored and edited several volumes on many topics, including anti-management thought, conspiracy theory and utopianism. He co-wrote For Business Ethics and co-edited Science Fiction and Organization – both of which are also available from Routledge.

Table of Contents

1. Knowing the Outlaw 2. The Many Myths of Robin Hood 3. Pirate Utopianism 4. Robbers and Romantics 5. Outlaws and the Frontier 6. The Mafia 7. Modern Bandits 8. The Counter Culture and Organization 9. Popular Political Economy

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