Play points us to the liminal and the extraordinary, where meaning is ambiguous at best, and where conventional notions about order and disorder, movement and stasis, centre and periphery are undone and are put into play. It focuses our attention on the silences and absences, the comic and the theatrical, the folly and the madness of markets, organizations, management and work practices in contemporary capitalism. Drawing on a deep engagement with sociological and organizational literatures, the authors show how a play perspective enhances our understanding of the institutions we inhabit and which inhabit us.
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Contents List of Figures ix Acknowledgements xi Foreplay 1 Chapter 1 Introduction: Playing with Play 9 Chapter 2 Child’s Play: Childhood and ‘the Lack’ in Organizational Discourse 29 Chapter 3 Playful Representations of Work 61 Chapter 4 Dance as Play and Work: Images of Organization in Irish Dance 93 Chapter 5 Talk and Silence: Playing with Silence as an Organizational Resource 117 Chapter 6 Playing the Fool: The University as Fool 143 viii Chapter 7 Play and Madness in the Market 161 Chapter 8 Playing Business: Gambling and ‘Casino Capitalism’ 191 Bibliography 211 Index 227
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