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Thinking critically about affect in organization studies: Why it matters

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-17
Number of pages15
Issue number1
Early online date6 Jan 2017
DateAccepted/In press - 15 Nov 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print - 6 Jan 2017
DatePublished (current) - Jan 2017


Affect holds the promise of destabilizing and unsettling us, as organizational subjects, into new states of being. It can shed light on many aspects of work and organization, with implications both within and beyond organization studies. Affect theory holds the potential to generate exciting new insights for the study of organizations, theoretically, methodologically and politically. This Special Issue seeks to explore these potential trajectories. We are pleased to present five contributions that develop such ideas, drawing on a wide variety of approaches, and invoking new perspectives on the organizations we study and inhabit. As this Special Issue demonstrates, the world of work offers an exciting landscape for studying the ‘pulsing refrains of affect’ that accompany our lived experiences.

    Research areas

  • Affect, ethics, organizations, politics, embodiment, intersubjectivity, workplace

    Structured keywords

  • Ageing and the Life Course

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