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In iron light: Eeriness, decomposition and social movements

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posted on 2018-08-29, 15:35 authored by Gareth Brown
In the UK, the recent flourishing of organised resistance against austerity and the dominance of the free market over all aspects of life has done little to buck an overall trend of decreasing membership in political parties and similar organisations. Few informal organisational forms on the Left have fared better. However, these diminishing structures have certain key characteristics in common and there are suggestions of alternative political forms emerging in their stead. This article argues that such periods of decomposition, far from being an indication of failure, are an important and desirable element of social movement that can and should be deliberately factored in to political organising. Building from the notion that the basis of social change is the ability to move out of existing institutions, the article explores three methodologies of decomposition that bridge the divides between mythology, poetry, and political theory: Negative Capability, Eeriness, and the surrealist game.

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Culture and Organization, 2016

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Business

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Culture and Organization

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Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism

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1475-9551

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1477-2760

Acceptance date

2016-01-29

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2016

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2018-08-29

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https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14759551.2016.1151425

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en

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