A cultural politics of work

Resistance and escape in the culture of organizing

Authored by: Martin Parker

The Routledge Companion to Ethics, Politics and Organizations

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415821261
eBook ISBN: 9780203566848
Adobe ISBN: 9781136746246


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If you wander down the small high street of one of the districts of the city of Stoke-on-Trent where I live and where that mug was made, you see promises of escape in shop windows and on billboards. Stoke is a poor city, and has not recovered from the industrial collapse of the 1970s. 1 About half the shops are boarded up or empty. Even the Subway sandwich shop has closed, 2 but there are drinkers in some of the pubs from mid-morning onwards. It is shit. A city that has been let down and left behind, and in which the factories have no roofs, the pits are closed and the steelworks grows grass and brambles.

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