Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

Listening to the material life in discursive practices

Reis, Cristina

University of New Haven and Reis Center LLC, United States

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The purpose of this paper is to improve our understanding of how discursive practices are related to the sense of reality and materiality. It does not present ways of filling absences in storied fragmented and polyphonic lives, but rather offers a methodology of listening to what people say and do not say. It suggests the use of a multilayered theoretical framework only to listen to what is supposedly lived and experienced in discursive practices. The work produced by the researcher relies partly on what people do not say, and the researchers’ interpretative criteria of discursive practices in the material realm involve challenging normality and hegemonic discourses. There are implications for organizational storytelling. The paper suggests that the reader can become aware of material contextual structures in storytelling by taking consideration of the influences of the sense of reality of material discursive practices in the theory of storytelling, as well as the perceived value and risks in its use.


Czasopismo Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry 
Tom 12 
Numer 2 
Data wydania 2014 
Typ Article 
Język en
Paginacja 9-14
ISSN 1532-5555