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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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Reclaiming Things: An Archaeology of Matter

Reclaiming Things: An Archaeology of Matter

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(p.171) 8 Reclaiming Things: An Archaeology of Matter
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How Matter Matters
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Bjørnar Olsen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671533.003.0008

Late twentieth-century social and cultural research was heavily impacted by what became known as the linguistic or textual turn. Well into a new millennium we have for some time now with equal conviction and enthusiasm been told about another twist: the (re)turn to things. This chapter critically examines this repatriation campaign and discusses some of the causes for the previous neglect of things in the social sciences. The main objective, however, is to explore some key aspects of what things are in their own material constituency and how these essential thing affordances are crucial for understanding social stability and change.

Keywords:   archaeology, things, persistency, material memory, sticky heritage, Soviet, ruins

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