Fear and (self) loathing in Coleridge Close : management in crisis in the 1970s sitcom
Hancock, Philip. (2008) Fear and (self) loathing in Coleridge Close : management in crisis in the 1970s sitcom. Organization, Vol.15 (No.5). pp. 685-703. ISSN 1350-5084Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350508408093648
In this paper my ambition is to contribute to the study of images of organizing in popular culture in two ways. Drawing in particular on the work of the German philosopher and critical theorist Ernst Bloch, I firstly argue for the utility of a dialectical approach to the interrogation of cultural artefacts, one that recognizes the co-existence of both ideological and critical content as integral to the artefact itself. I then illustrate this approach through a textual analysis of several British television situation comedies of the 1970s. In doing so, I argue that throughout this period it is possible to discern a deep-seated cultural unease with the role and legitimacy of organizational management within what was an unstable industrial and economic environment. I conclude by reflecting not only on the implications of this particular finding, but also on the utility of adopting such a theoretical orientation. One that simultaneously attends to both the deeply ideological content and structure of such material while, at the same time, retaining an orientation prepared to pursue the critical and potentially utopian content that remains within.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Management, Management -- Humor, Bloch, Ernst, 1885-1977 -- Criticism and interpretation, Situation comedies (Television programs) -- Great Britain, Organizational behavior, Organizational behavior -- Humor, Nineteen seventies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Organization|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Official Date:||September 2008|
|Number of Pages:||19|
|Page Range:||pp. 685-703|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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