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The Office (27 November 2003–18 January 2004), the photographers’ gallery, London: a review

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posted on 23.06.2009, 13:06 by Laurie Cohen, Melissa Tyler
The recent preoccupation with the aesthetic dimension of organizational life (Carr and Hancock, 2002; Gagliardi, 1990; Linstead and Hopfl, 2000; Strati, 1999) has, in part, contributed to an ongoing interest in the visual culture of organizations and a concomitant concern with cultural artefacts such as logos and symbols, workspaces and architecture and even workers’ bodies. However, as Warren (2002) has noted, much of this interest has been articulated largely through spoken and written texts reflecting what might be regarded as something of a ‘visual illiteracy’ in work and organization studies (Strangleman, 2004) and indeed, the social sciences more generally. In this review we consider what contribution, if any, photographic exhibitions such as The Office might make to our understanding of work and its organization, and particularly to reflecting on both continuities and changes in the lived experience of office life.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Citation

COHEN, L. and TYLER, M., 2004. The Office (27 November 2003–18 January 2004), the photographers’ gallery, London: a review. Work, Employment and Society, 18 (3), pp. 621-629

Publisher

Sage © BSA Publications Ltd.

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NA (Not Applicable or Unknown)

Publication date

2004

Notes

This article is Restricted Access. It was published in the journal, Work, Employment & Society [Sage © BSA Publications Ltd]. The definitive version is available at: http://wes.sagepub.com/content/vol18/issue3/

ISSN

0950-0170

Language

en

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