Description - Organized Worlds by Robert Chia
The modern preoccupation with rationality, technologies of organization has characterized the work of many leading twentieth-century thinkers, including especially Max Weber and Michel Foucault. These social philosophers have argued that modern social institutions and organizations are underpinned by a generic logic which is intimately linked to the rise of instrumental rationality as the organizing axiom of modern social life. The contributors to this volume take up this wider concern with the organization of modernity and explore its implications in ways which throw new light on these issues. Organized Worlds, the second of a two-part series dedicated to the work of Robert Cooper on the social theory of organization and technology, explores in detail the intricate relationships that exist between technology, representation and organization from a diversity of perspectives, ranging from a discussion of actor-network theory to the deconstructive analysis of such icons of modernity as stability, subjectivity and wholeness. The collection includes a chapter from Robert Cooper, as well as an interview with him.
Organized Worlds relocates the study of organization and twithin the wider field technology with the wider field of social theory, where the themes of modernity, rationality, information and representation are seen to provide more appropriate axes for social analysis. Robert Chia, University of Essex, UK, Robert Cooper, Keele University, UK, Ron Day, Athenian School in Danville, California, USA, John Law, Keele University, UK, Nick Le
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