Organized Worlds: Explorations in Technology and Organization with Robert Cooper

Organized Worlds: Explorations in Technology and Organization with Robert Cooper

Organized Worlds: Explorations in Technology and Organization with Robert Cooper

Organized Worlds: Explorations in Technology and Organization with Robert Cooper

Synopsis

Organized Worlds locates the study of organization within the wider area of social theory. It explores in detail the intricate relationships that exist between technology, representation and organization. The collection includes a chapter from the leading expert in the field, Robert Cooper, as well as an interview with him. Other contributors build upon and extend the findings of Cooper. This is a companion volume to In the Realm of Organization .

Excerpt

In a previous related collection of essays, the contributors to In the Realm of Organization: Essays for Robert Cooper examined the implications of the influence of Robert Cooper on the social scientific analysis of modernity, technology, representation and organization. Collectively, they explored the turn towards postmodern forms of knowing and sought to show how interlocking microtechniques of ordering, event-structuring and representation work to legitimize the discourse of rationality, and thereby to construct the all-too-familiar organized worlds that especially characterize a late modernity.

This volume follows up with an exploration of the implications of recent developments in information technology, social theory and the social studies of science and technology for our understanding of the impact of organization on contemporary social life. As with the previous collection, the essays here seek to develop a generic methodology for understanding the meaning and significance of organization in terms of systemness, stabilization and simple location. It takes up the challenge of these recent insights to articulate a social theory of organization which takes as its legitimate object of analysis the systematic technologizing of our modern lifeworlds. Organized Worlds is principally a study of the elaboration and sustenance of the organizational impulses underpinning late modernity, and its consequences for our understanding of human agency and subjectivity.

I owe a special debt to Stuart Morgan and Mark Dibben for their invaluable assistance in the preparation of this manuscript.

Robert C.H. Chia
Boxted, Essex
February 1998

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