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Contesting the Corporation
Struggle, Power and Resistance in Organizations

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  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521860864

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  • In an age when large corporations dominate the economic and political landscape, it is tempting to think that their power goes largely unchecked. Originally published in 2007, Contesting the Corporation counters this view by showing that today's corporations are driven by political struggle, power plays and attempts to resist control. Building on a wide range of theoretical sources, Fleming and Spicer present an analysis of the different ways in which power operates within the modern workplace. They begin by building a theoretical perspective that synthesizes previous investigations of power and resistance, identifying struggle as a key concept. Each chapter illustrates a different dimension of workplace struggle through an array of original empirical studies relating to sexuality, cynicism, new social movements and new-wave trade unionism. The book concludes by demonstrating that social justice claims underlie even the most innocuous forms of resistance, helping to transform some of the largest modern corporations.

    • Applies social theory to explain power and resistance in organizations
    • Contains many case studies
    • Accessible style aids comprehension of key issues
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521860864
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: prisons, playgrounds and parliaments
    1. Faces of power in organizations
    2. Faces of resistance at work
    3. Struggle in organizations
    4. Dis-identification and resentment: the case of cynicism
    5. De-sexualizing work and the struggle for desire
    6. Displacement and struggle: space, life and labour
    7. Discursive struggle: the case of globalization in the public sector
    8. Struggles for justice: wharfies, queers and capitalists
    9. Struggles for common ground in organizations

  • Authors

    Peter Fleming, Judge Business School, Cambridge

    André Spicer, University of Warwick

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