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Invoking spirits in the material world: Spiritualism, surrealism, and spirituality at work

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posted on 2011-11-09, 10:08 authored by J. Martin Corbett
This paper considers the recent upsurge of interest in workplace spirituality through an analysis of three cultural movements – late nineteenth century spiritualism, early twentieth century surrealism, and late twentieth/early twenty-first century 'spirituality at work'. These movements share a common interest in harnessing the power of the human spirit in the transformation and 'betterment' of social life. It is argued that these movements have successively adopted and de-radicalised invocations of the spirit world such that the proto-feminism and utopianism of spiritualism and the revolutionary pretensions of surrealism have been usurped by a strongly managerialist discourse of workplace spirituality. The paper ends with a consideration of the implications of these developments for the critical study of spirituality, management and organisation.

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Management & Organizational History, 2009, 4(4), pp. 339–357.

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Management & Organizational History

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Sage

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1744-9359

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1744-9367

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2009

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2011-11-09

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en

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