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Naming the Ideological: Contesting Organizational Norms and Practices

Sam Dallyn

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Swansea University Author: Sam Dallyn

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In this article I develop a reflexive conception of ideology that can be applied to the study of organizations. By drawing out and making explicit the researcher’s role in naming a social phenomenon as ideological, I argue that a more consistent, reflexive and critically attuned notion of the ideolo...

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Published in: Organization
ISSN: 1461-7323
Published: 2013
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa14542
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Abstract: In this article I develop a reflexive conception of ideology that can be applied to the study of organizations. By drawing out and making explicit the researcher’s role in naming a social phenomenon as ideological, I argue that a more consistent, reflexive and critically attuned notion of the ideological can be developed. The neglect of the position of the researcher in critical conceptions of ideology stems largely from a problematic division in existing approaches between the researcher, as objective expert, and researched. As an alternative, I build on the idea of research reflexivity in organization studies to develop a notion of ideology in which the partial position of the researcher is rendered explicit. To illustrate this conception of naming the ideological, I characterize the norms and practices of Job Centres as reflecting an ideology of capitalist welfare regulation. The article presents a fresh way of conceptualizing ideology as a reflexive analytical concept which can fruitfully be brought to bear on different aspects of organizations.
Keywords: experience, ideology, Job Centres, naming, political, positionality, reflexivity, researcher, welfare
College: School of Management