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Decolonializing discourse: Critical reflections on organizational discourse analysis

Alvesson, Mats LU and Kärreman, Dan LU (2011) In Human Relations 64(9). p.1121-1146
Abstract
Organizational discourse has emerged as a large research field and references to discourse are numerous. As with all dominating approaches problematizations of assumptions are important. This article, partly a follow up of the authors' frequently cited 2000 Human Relations article, provides a critical and perhaps provocative overview of some of the more recent work and tendencies within the field. It is argued that discourse continues to be used in vague and all-embracing ways, where the constitutive effects of discourse are taken for granted rather than problematized and explored. The article identifies three particular problems prevalent in the current organizational discourse literature: reductionism, overpacking, and colonization and... (More)
Organizational discourse has emerged as a large research field and references to discourse are numerous. As with all dominating approaches problematizations of assumptions are important. This article, partly a follow up of the authors' frequently cited 2000 Human Relations article, provides a critical and perhaps provocative overview of some of the more recent work and tendencies within the field. It is argued that discourse continues to be used in vague and all-embracing ways, where the constitutive effects of discourse are taken for granted rather than problematized and explored. The article identifies three particular problems prevalent in the current organizational discourse literature: reductionism, overpacking, and colonization and suggests three analytical strategies to overcome these problems: counter-balancing concepts - aiming to avoid seeing 'everything' as discourse - relativizing muscularity - being more open about discourse's constitutive effects - and disconnecting discourse and Discourse through much more disciplined use of discourse vocabulary. (Less)
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discourse, language, methodology, organizational culture, power, subjectivity
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Human Relations
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64
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9
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1121 - 1146
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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0018-7267
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10.1177/0018726711408629
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {9},
  pages        = {1121--1146},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Human Relations},
  title        = {Decolonializing discourse: Critical reflections on organizational discourse analysis},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018726711408629},
  volume       = {64},
  year         = {2011},
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