Tournament Rituals, Category Dynamics, and Field Configuration: The Case of the Booker Prize

25 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2008

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N. Anand

Imperial College London

Brittany C. Jones

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Abstract

In this article we theorize the ways in which tournament rituals, in the form of prominent industry award ceremonies, configure organizational fields. We review field theory to distil four criteria to which field-configuring mechanisms should conform. We undertake an archival study of the Booker Prize for Fiction to explore how this tournament ritual has configured the field of contemporary English-language literature by championing the distinctive category of post-colonial fiction.

Suggested Citation

Anand, N. and Jones, Brittany C., Tournament Rituals, Category Dynamics, and Field Configuration: The Case of the Booker Prize. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 45, Issue 6, pp. 1036-1060, September 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1211493 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2008.00782.x

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