Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Beyond the RapistTitle IX and Sexual Violence on US Campuses$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kate Lockwood Harris

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190876920

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190876920.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 15 December 2019

An organization’s relationship to violence

An organization’s relationship to violence

Reading communication and agency through feminist new materialism

Chapter:
(p.21) 2 An organization’s relationship to violence
Source:
Beyond the Rapist
Author(s):

Kate Lockwood Harris

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190876920.003.0002

Two sets of assumptions—ones about communication and ones about agency—shape debates over the violence–organization relationship. When scholars and laypersons suggest that words are mere symbols that represent the world and correspond to things in it, communication remains a way to describe violence. Under this representationalist line of thinking, communication is split from the material world and cannot do harm. Similarly, when people assume that agency is a human’s intentional decision about how to act, the broader processes that inform action fade from view. An individual perpetrator becomes the sole violent actor. Both sets of assumptions make it difficult to conceptualize an organization’s role in violence. This chapter relies on feminist new materialism to problematize these assumptions. After providing an overview of the theory’s distinctive features, the chapter shows its resonances with existing scholarship on communication, agency, and organizations. These resonances provide a framework for understanding organizations to be more than mere sites for violence.

Keywords:   organization–violence relationship, communication, agency, feminist new materialism, nonhuman, social construction, discourse, materiality, representationalism

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .