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Materiality and Discursivity in the Study of Organizations: Agency, Metaphors and Structures

Materiality and Discursivity in the Study of Organizations: Agency, Metaphors and Structures

Nuno Ornelas Martins, “Materiality and Discursivity in the Study of Organizations: Agency, Metaphors and Structures,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 369–84, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0369.

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Materiality and Discursivity in the Study of Organizations: Agency, Metaphors and Structures

Type Journal Article
Author Nuno Ornelas Martins
Rights © 2018 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural | © 2018 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Volume 74
Issue 2-3
Pages 369-384
Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
ISSN 0870-5283
Date 2018
DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0369
Language English
Abstract In this article I draw upon the distinction between the semiotic and the semantic aspect of language in order to understand the role of material forces and discourse in shaping organizations. This helps finding complementarities between approaches more focused on language and discourse when studying institutions, and approaches centered on social structures as material causes for human agency, such as critical realism. The notion of metaphor, in particular, helps addressing various problems with the critical realist notion of structure. The critical realist notion of structure thus enriched can, in turn, help explaining how social forces shape language. The distinction between the semiotic and the semantic aspect of language also leads to a more general approach towards organizations in terms of which other theories can be interpreted.
Date Added 20/10/2018, 22:19:55
Modified 22/10/2018, 14:09:25

Tags:

  • language,
  • materiality,
  • organizations,
  • semantics,
  • semiotics

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