Analysing, Accounting for and Unmasking Domination: On Our Role as Scholars of Practice, Practitioners of Social Science and Public Intellectuals

Organization 2009 16: 779, DOI: 10.1177/1350508409343400

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-36

21 Pages Posted: 19 May 2013  

Damon Golsorkhi

Groupe ESC Rouen

Bernard Leca

Groupe ESC Rouen

Michael Lounsbury

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Carlos Ramirez

HEC Paris - Accounting and Management Control Department

Date Written: January 17, 2009

Abstract

Over the last 30 years, there has been an increasing interest in organizational analysis for the work of Pierre Bourdieu. However, the consequent body of literature often lacks an integrated comprehension of Bourdieusian theory and therefore fails to fully exploit its potentialities. In this essay, we argue for a more systematic engagement with the work of Bourdieu by organizational scholars and emphasize the opportunity to develop cumulative research on domination within and between organizations. The means by which systems of domination are reproduced without conscious intention by agents is a central issue for Bourdieu and arguably the primary reason for the development of his theoretical framework. It is thus through the study of domination that one can acquire a panoramic vision of Bourdieusian concepts that have been otherwise too often tackled separately. Moreover, domination is also a key entry to the understanding of how social scientists produce their own knowledge and of their role as members of society. We emphasize that as scholars, we have a moral responsibility to be reflexive about our practice and the social worlds we study in order to ultimately use the knowledge we produce to inform and direct social progress.

Keywords: Bourdieu, domination, methodology, organization studies, participant objectivation, reflexivity, relational perspective, social roles of scholars

Suggested Citation

Golsorkhi, Damon and Leca, Bernard and Lounsbury, Michael and Ramirez, Carlos, Analysing, Accounting for and Unmasking Domination: On Our Role as Scholars of Practice, Practitioners of Social Science and Public Intellectuals (January 17, 2009). Organization 2009 16: 779, DOI: 10.1177/1350508409343400; University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-36. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2266675

Damon Golsorkhi (Contact Author)

Groupe ESC Rouen ( email )

1, rue du Maréchal Juin - BP 188
Mont Saint Aignan Cedex, Normandy 76825
France

Bernard Leca

Groupe ESC Rouen ( email )

1, rue du Maréchal Juin - BP 188
Mont Saint Aignan Cedex, Normandy 76825
France

Michael Lounsbury

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

Carlos Ramirez

HEC Paris - Accounting and Management Control Department ( email )

Jouy-en-Josas Cedex
France

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