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Ballards Bestiary: Experimental Organizational Space

Zhoungyuan, Z., Spicer, A. & Hancock, P. (2008). Ballards Bestiary: Experimental Organizational Space. Organization, 15(6), pp. 889-910. doi: 10.1177/1350508408095819


This paper explores three hyper-organizational spaces: the skyscraper, the resort and the office-park. Drawing on Henri Lefebvre's account of the production of space, we consider how these spaces are socially produced, how they materialize relations of power and how inhabitants engage in struggle to change these spaces. Three novels by J. G. Ballard are selected to explore each of these spaces. We argue that in each of these novels, such hyper-organizational environments can be understood as the product of ongoing struggle between centrally planned and practiced space, and peripheral lived space. This both animates these spaces and the lived relations that comprise them, as well as potentially destroying them.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2008
Publisher Keywords: Space, Architecture, Struggle, Literature
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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