Organizing the circus : the engineering of miracles
Parker, Martin, 1962-. (2011) Organizing the circus : the engineering of miracles. Organization Studies, Vol.32 (No.4). pp. 555-569. ISSN 0170-8406
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This paper defines the circus as an institutionalised questioning of forms of stability and classification, and then enquires as to how such effects are produced. I begin with the cultural representations of the circus, and then move through sections on community, movement and economic organization. This order is intended to illustrate that the production of mystery is a complex affair, and that cultural and economic descriptions of this particular form of organization are necessarily entangled. Focussing on one at the expense of the other leads to either a culturalism which lacks an understanding of production, or a business model which is incapable of understanding miracles.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Circus|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Organization Studies|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd|
|Official Date:||April 2011|
|Page Range:||pp. 555-569|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
Adorno, T (1991) The Culture Industry. London: Routledge.
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