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Inside Organizations : Anthropologists at Work - David Gellner

Inside Organizations

Anthropologists at Work

By: David Gellner (Editor), Eric Hirsch (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2001
ISBN: 9781859734827
Number Of Pages: 256

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Most of us work in or for one, but there are surprisingly few sustained analyses of the problems and peculiarities of organizations. Anthropologists are increasingly turning their attention to the study of western organizations, and this timely collection addresses the pleasures and pitfalls of ethnographic research undertaken across a range of organizational contexts. From museums to laboratories, health clinics, and multinational businesses, leading anthropologists discuss their fieldwork experiences, the problems they encountered, and the solutions they came up with. This book highlights the practical, political and ethical dimensions of research in organizations. Among issues vividly described are the relations between gender and politics in organizational hierarchies. How are sexual politics played out and experienced in health clinics? How does a business manager's personal biography affect the relationships within the organization as a whole? How are language and metaphor used to refigure the way people think about and act in organizations? Institutions often have well-defined procedures for bringing in visitors and guests. When is the anthropologist an insider to the organization, and when an outsider? What ethical issues arise when researchers are caught between observing organizations and participating in their work? In answering these and other questions the authors consider both the current status and future prospects for organizational ethnography. Comprehensive and varied, the book represents an invaluable aid to anyone interested in the politics and complexities of working life.

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'This is a signal, and essential, contribution to the literature of social theory and research.' Choice '...A useful contribution to a growing field.' The Australian Journal of Anthropology 'This well-written and coherently edited volume presents an interesting collection of research in organization. It makes reading easy by grouping the ethnographic chapters topically into business, science, pulic service, and development...this volume gives the reader rich insight into the anthropological study of organizations.' Martin Ortlieb, The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Notes on Contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introduction Ethnography of Organizations and Organizations of Ethnographyp. 1
Referencesp. 13
Businessp. 17
Social Anthropology and Business Studies: Some Considerations of Methodp. 19
Referencesp. 32
What is an Ethnographic Study?p. 35
Referencesp. 57
Sciencep. 59
Ethnography in the Laboratoryp. 61
Referencesp. 74
Ethnography in the Science Museum, Londonp. 77
Referencesp. 95
Family, Health, and Welfarep. 97
Swords into Ploughshares: Manipulating Metaphor in the Divorce Processp. 99
Referencesp. 114
Observing Other Observers: Anthropological Fieldwork in a Unit for Children with Chronic Emotional and Behavioural Problemsp. 117
Referencesp. 136
Stuck in Gum: Life in a Clap Clinicp. 137
Referencesp. 155
Development and Politicsp. 157
Social Research in Rural Development Projectsp. 159
Referencesp. 179
Among Professionals': Working with Pressure Groups and Local Authoritiesp. 183
Referencesp. 201
Understanding the Working Environment: Notes Towards a Rapid Organizational Analysisp. 205
Referencesp. 220
An Ethical Case Studyp. 221
Participation or Observation? Some Practical and Ethical Dilemmasp. 223
Referencesp. 230
Afterwordp. 231
Natives 'R' Us: Some Notes on the Ethnography of Organizationsp. 233
Referencesp. 256
Name Indexp. 263
Subject Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9781859734827
ISBN-10: 1859734820
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st April 2001
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.28 x 16.1  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.56