Journal article

Looking for the Good Soldier, Švejk

Peter Fleming, Graham Sewell

Sociology | SAGE Publications | Published : 2002

Abstract

This article continues the current trend in Sociology of exploring and re-evaluating concepts of workplace resistance. We agree with Thompson and Ackroyd (1995) that much of the critical literature investigating managerial controls like self-regulating teams and corporate culture management have placed far too much emphasis on ideological incorporation and ‘colonization’ of subjectivity and not enough on employee recalcitrance and resistance. Rather than hastily blaming the ‘Foucauldian turn’ for this oversight, however, we argue instead that resistance is indeed difficult to see if thought of in purely traditional terms (e.g. strikes, sabotage, picketing). In the age of team normalization a..

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