Communicative Practices in Workplaces and the Professions: Cultural Perspectives on the Regulation of Discourse and Organizations

Title

Communicative Practices in Workplaces and the Professions: Cultural Perspectives on the Regulation of Discourse and Organizations

Department

English

Document Type

Book

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Description

Bringing together prominent scholars from a variety of disciplines, Communicative Practices in Workplaces and the Professions: Cultural Perspectives on the Regulation of Discourse and Organizations offers readers an engaging set of essays on the complicated relationship between discourse and the many institutions within which people act. Each author brings a unique theoretical perspective to conceptualizing how discourse is regulated and how it regulates when human activity is organized for such purposes as work or belonging to a profession. Together, the contributors to this collection offer a provocatively complex picture of what regulation means and the means of regulation. The workplaces or professional sites used as illustrations in these studies are diverse, covering such organizations as an Internet start-up company, an international energy company, an urban hospital, a university, and a telecommunications corporation. The perspectives the contributors bring to their work are likewise diverse, covering a range of prominent thinkers, including Bourdieu, Giddens, Latour, Spivak, Bakhtin, and Burke. In total, the perspectives offered in this volume are invaluable for researchers who want to gain greater insight into routine or regularized discourse and its connections to the many institutions within which people act. Following a general introduction to the idea of regulation and communicative practices, the book is divided into three sections. The first focuses on offering readers an understanding of regulative processes, practices, and effects. The essays in the second section focus on the possibilities for action, addressing the issues of agency, power, and empowerment. The collection concludes with chapters that outline critical research perspectives for examining regulation and communicative practices.

ISBN

9780895033727

Publication Date

2007

Keywords

Communication, Business

Disciplines

Business and Corporate Communications | Organizational Behavior and Theory | Organizational Communication

Comments

Edited by Mark Zachry and Charlotte Thralls

Citation for published book

Zachry, Mark, and Charlotte Thralls. Communicative Practices in Workplaces and the Professions: Cultural Perspectives on the Regulation of Discourse and Organizations. Amityville, NY: Baywood Pub. Co, 2007.