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Title: Invoking spirits in the material world: Spiritualism, surrealism, and spirituality at work
Authors: Corbett, J. Martin
First Published: 2009
Publisher: Sage
Citation: Management & Organizational History, 2009, 4(4), pp. 339–357.
Abstract: This paper considers the recent upsurge of interest in workplace spirituality through an analysis of three cultural movements – late nineteenth century spiritualism, early twentieth century surrealism, and late twentieth/early twenty-first century 'spirituality at work'. These movements share a common interest in harnessing the power of the human spirit in the transformation and 'betterment' of social life. It is argued that these movements have successively adopted and de-radicalised invocations of the spirit world such that the proto-feminism and utopianism of spiritualism and the revolutionary pretensions of surrealism have been usurped by a strongly managerialist discourse of workplace spirituality. The paper ends with a consideration of the implications of these developments for the critical study of spirituality, management and organisation.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1744935909340189
ISSN: 1744-9359
eISSN: 1744-9367
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: © SAGE 2009. Deposited with reference to the publisher's self-archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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