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Tower Cranes and Organization Studies

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posted on 2016-09-13, 14:59 authored by Martin Parker
This is a paper about different ways of revealing materials, and a theory of organization. It moves through a kaleidoscope of perspectives which reveal the tower crane as made through its relations with a series of different ways of seeing – engineering and mathematics, capitalist economics, and a workplace labour process. It employs a wide variety of sources, including some interviews that I have done with crane drivers. I then move into an account of the modernist fascination with technology, particularly Soviet Constructivism. The latter provides the theoretical scaffolding which allows me to see the crane as a temporary stabilisation of structure, and structure as an arrangement of planes and lines of force which allows certain moves just as it prevents others. This is a way of saying that an adequate understanding of ‘organization’ requires thinking multiples and relations. Nodding towards Deleuze and Guattari towards the end, I suggest that cranes are good to think with for these multiple purposes, but that any assemblage would do.

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Organization Studies, 2016, in press

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

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Organization Studies

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SAGE Publications

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0170-8406

eissn

1741-3044

Acceptance date

2016-07-08

Copyright date

2016

Available date

2017-02-28

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http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0170840616663246

Language

en

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