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dc.contributor.authorCabantous, L.*
dc.contributor.authorGond, J-P.*
dc.contributor.authorHarding, Nancy H.*
dc.contributor.authorLearmonth, M.*
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-09T12:12:18Z
dc.date.available2016-11-09T12:12:18Z
dc.date.issued2016-02
dc.identifier.citationCabantous L, Gond J-P, Harding N and Learmonth M (2016) Critical essay: reconsidering critical performativity. Human Relations. 69(2): 197-213.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/10280
dc.descriptionYesen_US
dc.description.abstractIn recent years, we have witnessed the emergence of ‘critical performativity’, a concept designed to debate relationships between theory and practice and encourage practical interventions in organizational life. Notwithstanding its laudable ambition to stimulate discussion about engagement between CMS researchers and practitioners, we are concerned that critical performativity theory is flawed as it misreads foundational performativity authors, such as Austin and Butler, in ways that nullify their political potential, and ignores a range of other influential theories of performativity. It also overlooks the materiality of performativity. We review these limitations and then use three illustrations to sketch out a possible alternative conceptualization of performativity. This alternative approach, which builds on Butler’s and Callon’s work on performativity, recognises that performativity is about the constitution of subjects, is an inherently material and discursive construct, and happens through the political engineering of sociomaterial agencements. We argue that such an approach – a political theory of organizational performativity – is more likely to deliver on both theoretical and practical fronts than the concept of critical performativity.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttp://dx.doi.org/ 10.1177/0018726715584690en_US
dc.rightsThe final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Human Relations, vol 69/issue 2 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © 2016 SAGE Publications Ltd.en_US
dc.subjectButler; Callon; Critical management studies; Critical performativity; Engagement; Materiality; Performativity as politicsen_US
dc.titleCritical essay: reconsidering critical performativityen_US
dc.status.refereedYesen_US
dc.date.application2015-08-12
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.versionAccepted Manuscripten_US
refterms.dateFOA2018-07-25T15:34:58Z


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