Intersection of a Foucauldian and a Bakhtinian analysis of work life discourses: An ethics of dispositif and dialogue

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Abstract

According to the French philosopher Michel Foucault, strategies of relations of forces supporting, and supported by, types of knowledge determine how the individual conceives of herself. Norms, values, attitudes and discourses regulate their actions, decisions and behavior. These notions have affinity to Bakhtin whose claim was that authoritative discourses crystallize over time (monologism) as they are shaped and reshaped in situated dialogical interactions in which battles between centripetal and centrifugal forces of interaction are going on in the language of life (heteroglossia). These strategies of relations of forces and authoritative discourses exercise influence on the possibilities of conduct in today’s organizational discursive communicative practices.
In this article we will intersect these two diverse analytical positions and show how they inform one another and, thus, which new knowledge they give rise to. We will further discuss how both Foucault’s and Bakhtin’s writings (as well as some of their followers) give rise to an ethics of dispositif and dialogue in which the conduct of conduct and authoritative discourses can be contested in order to oppose – shape and reshape – the mainstream work life communicative practices. The article will clarify how the elaborated ethics of dispositif and dialogue forms the basis for a new methodological framework that the authors aspire to operationalize in a recently initiated participatory research project. The project focuses on a strategic level and is engaged in collaboration with two Danish public schools and the municipality of Aalborg and aims to the co-creation of new plurivocal practices in the wake of the new school reform (2014).
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According to the French philosopher Michel Foucault, strategies of relations of forces supporting, and supported by, types of knowledge determine how the individual conceives of herself. Norms, values, attitudes and discourses regulate their actions, decisions and behavior. These notions have affinity to Bakhtin whose claim was that authoritative discourses crystallize over time (monologism) as they are shaped and reshaped in situated dialogical interactions in which battles between centripetal and centrifugal forces of interaction are going on in the language of life (heteroglossia). These strategies of relations of forces and authoritative discourses exercise influence on the possibilities of conduct in today’s organizational discursive communicative practices.
In this article we will intersect these two diverse analytical positions and show how they inform one another and, thus, which new knowledge they give rise to. We will further discuss how both Foucault’s and Bakhtin’s writings (as well as some of their followers) give rise to an ethics of dispositif and dialogue in which the conduct of conduct and authoritative discourses can be contested in order to oppose – shape and reshape – the mainstream work life communicative practices. The article will clarify how the elaborated ethics of dispositif and dialogue forms the basis for a new methodological framework that the authors aspire to operationalize in a recently initiated participatory research project. The project focuses on a strategic level and is engaged in collaboration with two Danish public schools and the municipality of Aalborg and aims to the co-creation of new plurivocal practices in the wake of the new school reform (2014).
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftTamara
Volume/BindSpecial issue on Employees and Corporate Community Representations
Antal sider24
ISSN1532-5555
StatusAfsendt - 2018
PublikationsartForskning
Peer reviewJa

    Forskningsområder

  • Foucault, Bakhtin, Deleuze

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