Utopian Materialities

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dc.contributor.author Elgaard Jensen, Torben en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:24:23Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:24:23Z
dc.date.issued 2004-03-02T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6706
dc.description.abstract In various ways, this paper makes the counter-intuitive claim that the utopian and the material are thoroughly interdependent, rather than worlds apart. First, through a reading of Thomas More’s Utopia, it is argued that Utopia is the product of particular kinds of relations, rather than merely a detachment from the known world. Second, the utopianism of a new economy firm is examined. It is argued that the physical set-up of the firm – in particular the distribution of tables and chairs – evoke a number of alternatives to ordinary work practice. In this way the materialities of the firm are crucial to its persuasive image of being the office of the future. The notion that utopia is achieved through material arrangements is finally related to the analysis of facts and fictions in ANT. It is argued, that even though Utopias are neither fact nor fiction, they are both material and effective on the configuration of networks; Where facts tend to stabilise the network by ‘holding’ others, Utopias tend to ‘push’ the network by evoking the possibility of others. en_US
dc.format.extent 20 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working paper;2004-02 en_US
dc.subject.other filosofiske klassikere en_US
dc.subject.other filosofihistorie en_US
dc.subject.other samfundsfilosofi en_US
dc.subject.other actor network theory en_US
dc.subject.other thomas more en_US
dc.subject.other utopia en_US
dc.subject.other utopier en_US
dc.title Utopian Materialities en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt04mar02 inrumo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Organisation og Arbejdssociologi en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort IOA en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Organization and Industrial Sociology en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort OIS
dc.idnumber x645152314 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2004 en_US


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