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Organization-Representation
Work and Organizations in Popular Culture

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February 1998 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The representation of organizations and working life in the popular media signifies, but also helps shape, contemporary practice and institutions. Organization-Representation unravels the complex social relationship between organization and its representation, offering new insights into the interaction between the popular images we create and receive, and the power relations that govern society, working life and culture.

Representations in Hollywood movies, ethnographic and documentary films, children's literature and the popular and `quality' press replicate the power structures they supposedly describe and consequently help shape contemporary realities. This volume offers rich insights into the relations between culture, power and work. It goes beyond such purely ontological questions to show convincingly that a critical analysis of the relationship between popular culture and the nature of organizational life enhances our understanding of both.

John Hassard and Ruth Holliday
Introduction
 
PART ONE: REALISM AND REPRESENTATION
Ian Aitken
The Documentary Film Movement
The Post Office Touches All Branches of Life

 
John Hassard
Representing Reality
Cinema Verit[ac]e

 
Peter Stead
The Cultural Representation of Trade Unions
 
PART TWO: SEX AND VIOLENCE
Joanna Brewis
What Is Wrong with This Picture? Sex and Gender Relations in Disclosure
Ruth Holliday
Philadelphia
Aids, Organization, Representation

 
Maggie O'Neill
Saloon Girls
Death and Desire in the American West

 
 
PART THREE: MEN AND SUPERMEN
Christopher Grey
Child's Play
Representations of Organization in Children's Literature

 
Norman Jackson and Pippa Carter
Management Gurus
What Are We To Make of Them?

 
Linda McDowell
Fictional Money (Or, Greed Isn't So Good in the 1990s)
Rolland Munro
Masculinity and Madness
 
PART FOUR: ORGANIZATIONAL FUTURES
Martin Parker and Robert Cooper
Cyberorganization
Cinema as Nervous System

 
Warren Smith
Computers and Representation
Organization in the Virtual World

 
J Martin Corbett
The Medium as Message
Sublime Technologies and Future Organization in Science Fiction Film, 1970-95

 

`This is a unique, fascinating and valuable treatment of material and issues which have been ignored in 'mainstream' organisation studies. Read this and you will never again watch an episode of Casualty, The Bill or Silent Witness without boring your companion with critical commentary on the portrayal of hierarchy, sex role stereotyping, power relations, the role of authority figures and dysfunctional rules' - Human Resource Management Journal

`This worthwhile collection gathers together a series of essays dealing with the representation of social organizations in the popular media...The quality of analysis in all the contributions to this volume is consistently high, and the material covered is extensive. The book will prove useful on media/cultural studies courses as well as those concentrating on the sociology of organizations' - European Journal of Communication

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