Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.


Durham Research Online
You are in:

Critical essay : reconsidering critical performativity.

Cabantous, L. and Gond, J. P. and Harding, N. and Learmonth, M. (2016) 'Critical essay : reconsidering critical performativity.', Human relations., 69 (2). pp. 197-213.

Abstract

In recent years, we have witnessed the emergence of ‘critical performativity’, a concept designed to debate relationships between theory and practice and encourage practical interventions in organizational life. Notwithstanding its laudable ambition to stimulate discussion about engagement between critical management studies researchers and practitioners, we are concerned that critical performativity theory is flawed as it misreads foundational performativity authors, such as Austin and Butler, in ways that nullify their political potential, and ignores a range of other influential theories of performativity. It also overlooks the materiality of performativity. We review these limitations and then use three illustrations to sketch out a possible alternative conceptualization of performativity. This alternative approach, which builds on Butler’s and Callon’s work on performativity, recognizes that performativity is about the constitution of subjects, is an inherently material and discursive construct, and happens through the political engineering of sociomaterial agencements. We argue that such an approach – a political theory of organizational performativity – is more likely to deliver on both theoretical and practical fronts than the concept of critical performativity.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Butler, Callon, Critical management studies, Critical performativity, Engagement, Materiality, Performativity as politics.
Full text:(AM) Accepted Manuscript
Download PDF
(265Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018726715584690
Publisher statement:Cabantous, L. and Gond, J. P. and Harding, N. and Learmonth, M. (2016) 'Critical essay : reconsidering critical performativity.', Human relations., 69 (2). pp. 197-213. Copyright © The Author(s) 2015. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Record Created:20 Apr 2015 09:35
Last Modified:20 Apr 2018 10:32

Social bookmarking: del.icio.usConnoteaBibSonomyCiteULikeFacebookTwitterExport: EndNote, Zotero | BibTex
Look up in GoogleScholar | Find in a UK Library