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Landscapes of political action

volume 18, number 3

It is increasingly evident that organizations and different processes of organizing are not neutral, inevitable or even necessary, but inherently political. As a discipline, Organization Studies is slowly becoming aware of that organizations are not entities that exist separately from material ecosystems or outside chains of exploitation of cheap labour and raw material. Instead, organizations are intimately entangled to, dependent upon and contributing to global forces such as the destruction of eco-systems, climate change, inequality and (neo-) colonialism. This ephemera issue offers a series of explorations of the politics of organizing as well as of new forms of political action. The contributions in the issue engage with phenomena such as the Occupy movement, the Egyptian revolution, hacking, practices of caring in academia and strategies of resistance in coffee shops. Moreover, the contributions explore and identify new possibilities for political action by re-thinking concepts such as cybernetics, intellectual commons or by conceptualizing the materiality of organizing. Albeit in different manners, all contributions share a concern with the relationship between organization and politics and thus revolve around how processes of organizing intertwine with political issues like power, neoliberalism, gender and climate change. By seeing organizing as political, this issue offers the possibility of critically exploring the built-in conditioning of the (im)possible fields of action that follow from different forms and forces of organizing.

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