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Title: Architecture, symbolic capital and elite mobilizations: The case of the Royal Bank of Scotland corporate campus
Authors: Robinson, Sarah
Kerr, R.
First Published: 5-Oct-2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Organization, 2015, 23(5), pp. 699-721
Abstract: In this article, we apply the conceptual framework of Pierre Bourdieu, in particular forms of capital, social fields, field of power and modes of domination, to demonstrate how the study of a symbolically powerful building can provide insights into what are often opaque elite interactions. In order to do this, we focus on the corporate campus headquarters of a powerful financial institution, the Royal Bank of Scotland in the context of Scotland in the period 2000–2009. We pose the following questions: What is the relationship between corporate space and the field of power? What role does a corporate building play in circuits of capital conversion? What does this case tell us about the role of architecture in elite mobilisations? In addressing these questions, we contribute to critical organisation studies by identifying and theorising the role of corporate space in inter-elite dynamics and circuits of capital conversion. This approach, we argue, provides a methodological lever which could be applied to other symbolically important buildings in order to understand the nature and role of inter-field interactions in the conception and realisation of such buildings.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1350508415606988
ISSN: 1350-5084
eISSN: 1461-7323
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © SAGE Publications. This is the author's post-review manuscript of the paper that will be published in its final form in Organization. Deposited on acceptance in accordance with the publisher's Open Access Archiving Policy available at .
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