Carne – flesh and organization
journal contributionposted on 2019-07-29, 15:03 authored by Ilaria Boncori, Jo Brewis, Luigi Maria Sicca, Charlie Smith
[First paragraph] This special issue emerges from the 35th Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism which we co-organized and which was held at the Faculty of Economics, Management Department, Universita’ degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza in Rome in July 2017. The conference and the issue alike were inspired by the longstanding use of the notion of flesh in academic investigations of the more or less porous boundaries between the self, others and the world around us. Flesh, these works suggest, is both ontologically slippery and definitionally elusive. For Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1964), flesh reconnects the viewing and the visible, the touching and the touched, the body and the world. Perception itself is a fleshly - auditory, visual, gustatory, haptic, olfactory - activity. Moreover, as Antonio Strati (2007) points out in his discussion of the connections between practice-based learning and ‘sensible knowledge’ in organizations, when we perceive others, we always perceive them as fundamentally corporeal. Equally, the world acts upon our flesh, so that what or whom we touch, see, smell, taste and hear may also touch, see, smell, taste and hear us. Elsewhere, Michel Foucault locates modern western scientia sexualis as having its origins in the earliest years of Christianity and its confessional regime which seeks to unearth ‘the important secrets of the flesh’ (1977, 154) as the deepest truths of the human subject. In this reading, flesh is the natural body, always and irrevocably bound to sin and to death.
CitationCulture and Organization, 2019, 25(4)
Author affiliation/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Business
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