Spacing Organization: non-representational theory and performing organizational space

Item Type Journal paper

This article connects to and extends the attempts to bring space back into critical organizational theory, which, we argue, has mainly been based on the socio-spatial perspective as pioneered by Henri Lefebvre. Taking issue with the various ways in which Lefebvre's work can be interpreted, we develop an alternative route. Adopting a mode of non-representational theorizing as outlined in human geography, we propose the concept of ‘spacing', which orients the understanding of organizational space towards its material, embodied, affective and minor configurations. In discussing the consequences of such a performative approach to space for the practice and craft of organizational scholarship, we argue that our conceptual opening entails a move from representational strategies of extracting representations of the (organizational) world from the world to embodied apprehensions of the everyday performing of organizational space. What can be termed the enactment of organizational geographies in slow motion is inspired and illustrated by the video ‘The Raft' conceived by the artist Bill Viola.

Authors Beyes, Timon & Steyaert, Chris
Journal or Publication Title Organization
Language English
Keywords affect, Bill Viola, enactment, Lefebvre, non-representational theory, organizational geography, peformance, space
Subjects other research area
Institute/School OPSY - Research Institute for Organizational Psychology
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date January 2012
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of Publication Thousand Oaks, USA
Volume 19
Number 1
Page Range 45-61
Number of Pages 17
ISSN 1350-5084
ISSN-Digital 1461-7323
Publisher DOI 10.1177/1350508411401946
Depositing User Prof. PhD Chris Steyaert
Date Deposited 11 Jan 2012 15:02
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:11


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Beyes, Timon & Steyaert, Chris (2012) Spacing Organization: non-representational theory and performing organizational space. Organization, 19 (1). 45-61. ISSN 1350-5084

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