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Embodied, relational practices of human and non-human in a material, social, and cultural nexus of organizations

Küpers, Wendelin M.


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URN: urn:nbn:de:hebis:26-opus-123524
URL: http://geb.uni-giessen.de/geb/volltexte/2016/12352/

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Freie Schlagwörter (Englisch): embodiment , in-between , non-human , Merleau-Ponty , practice
Universität Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Institut: International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture
Fachgebiet: Gießener Graduiertenzentrum Kulturwissenschaften
DDC-Sachgruppe: Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie
Dokumentart: Aufsatz
Zeitschrift, Serie: On_Culture : the Open Journal for the Study of Culture ; 2
ISBN / ISSN: 2856008-5
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2016
Publikationsdatum: 30.11.2016
Kurzfassung auf Englisch: This article explores the significance of materiality and non- or other-human, espe-cially the role of body and embodiment in relation to intra- and inter-practices in or-ganizations and their culture from a phenomenological perspective and cross-disciplinary approach. Following a Merleau-Pontyian approach, the non-human is discussed in relation to cultural practices in organizational life-worlds. Based on a critique of physicalist empiricism and idealistic rationalism, impasses and limita-tions of naturalist and constructionist approaches towards culture are problematized. Showing the co-constitutive role of the in(ter)-between and inter-corporeality allows interpreting the corporeal nexus of material, social, and cultural phenomena of inter-practices within a continuum of the human and non-human, thus as an entangled ‘non-+-human’ web. Finally, the paper discusses some implications and perspectives on the ‘non-+-human’ in the study and practice of culture by particularly outlining an ethos of ‘engaged releasement’ (‘Gelassenheit’). This orientation will be present-ed as a letting be-come in relation to things and thinking for mediating a living sus-tainable ‘bodiment’ of human and more-than-human dimensions.
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