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Banerjee, S. B. (2008). Necrocapitalism. Organization Studies, 29(12), pp. 1541-1563. doi: 10.1177/0170840607096386


In this paper I develop the concept of necrocapitalism, defined as contemporary forms of organizational accumulation that involve dispossession and the subjugation of life to the power of death. I examine how different forms of power – institutional, material, and discursive – operate in the political economy and the violence and dispossession that result. I describe some contemporary forms of organizational accumulation that involve dispossession and death and could therefore be described as necrocapitalist practices – for example, the impact of the resources industry in developing countries and the privatization of war and the military. I conclude by discussing some possibilities of resistance and outlining directions for future research.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2008
Publisher Keywords: Necrocapitalism, imperialism, colonialism, resources industry, private military forces
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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