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How Matter MattersObjects, Artifacts, and Materiality in Organization Studies$
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Paul R. Carlile, Davide Nicolini, Ann Langley, and Haridimos Tsoukas

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671533.001.0001

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Reflections on Sociomateriality and Dialogicality in Organization Studies: From “Inter-” to “Intra-Thinking”… in Performing Practices

Reflections on Sociomateriality and Dialogicality in Organization Studies: From “Inter-” to “Intra-Thinking”… in Performing Practices

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How Matter Matters
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John Shotter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671533.003.0003

What is special about all our dialogically structured exchanges is their immanent creativity: within them all, sooner or later, something uniquely new is created that is intricately related to the situation within which it is created. The happening of an “organizational moment” thus occurs when that uniquely new something opens up previously unnoticed new ways forward into the future. The creation of such uniquely new events is due, the author argues, to the way in which the spontaneous responsiveness of our bodies works, to an extent, to give “expressive shape” to the movements of feeling occurring within us as we body them forth out into the world. What changes within us in such encounters is not our learning new facts or bits of information, but our learning new ways of relating ourselves to the others and othernesses in the world around us. The author explores the nature of these new kinds of understanding in relation to Karen Barad’s agentive realist account of sociomateriality, and how her account of intra-action, as opposed to inter-action, parallels in much close detail Bakhtin’s (and Voloshinov’s) account of dialogically structured activity in the realm of speech communication.

Keywords:   dialogical, intra-action, dynamic relationalities, sociomateriality, emergence, orientational difficulties

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