Change agency as performance and embeddedness : Exploring the possibilities and limits of Butler and Bourdieu

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

In this paper we explore the dual role of human agency in maintaining the status quo and generating change. Judith Butler and Pierre Bourdieu offer differing conceptions of change agency in relation to organisation and transformation of gender relations. Focusing on how those approaches would work, we analyse an empirical case study on a particular change process: getting women the right to vote in the Swiss cantons of Appenzell. We contribute to the current use of Butler's and Bourdieu's theories in organisation studies in three main ways. First, we explore stability and change from the lenses of these two scholars. Second, we illustrate how change agency looks from these two distinct perspectives. Finally, we offer an empirical analysis that identifies the main elements of change agency in the two frameworks and discuss the possibilities and limitations of bringing these two approaches together to better understand change agency.

Authors Nentwich, Julia C.; Özbilgin, Mustafa F. & Tatli, Ahu
Research Team Alexandria Link Publikationen
Projects Nentwich, Julia C. (2003) Die Relevanz von Agency im Rahmen gesellschaftlicher Veränderungen. Eine Analyse am Beispiel des Kampfs um das Frauenstimmrecht in Appenzell [fundamental research project]
Journal or Publication Title Culture and Organization
Language English
Keywords Bourdieu, Butler, Change Agency, Embeddedness, Legitimacy, Performativity
Subjects social sciences
Institute/School OPSY - Research Institute for Organizational Psychology
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date January 2015
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication Berkshire UK
Volume 21
Number 3
Page Range 235-250
Number of Pages 16
ISSN 1475-9551
ISSN-Digital 1477-2760
Publisher DOI 10.1080/14759551.2013.851080
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Julia Nentwich
Date Deposited 14 Oct 2013 17:24
Last Modified 15 Mar 2017 15:39
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/226459

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Nentwich, Julia C.; Özbilgin, Mustafa F. & Tatli, Ahu (2015) Change agency as performance and embeddedness : Exploring the possibilities and limits of Butler and Bourdieu. Culture and Organization, 21 (3). 235-250. ISSN 1475-9551

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