Chapter 3 Social and material, space and place
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Chapter 3 refers to the re-materializing of organizational life that is taking place in organization and management research, presenting three approaches: space as distance; space as materialization of power relations; space as lived experience. Integrated, these approaches account for scale of space in terms of micro, meso and macro levels. The chapter also points to a need for reflection on the ontological constitution of the social, and on the material in relation to spatiality, arguing that the philosophical tradition of hermeneutic phenomenology as represented by Heidegger (1962, 1971) provides concepts that could aid our understanding of spatiality. With reference to ‘spatiality as care’ it is acknowledged that material as being-things constitutes ‘equipmentality’, assigned theoretical and practical significance in human activity they contribute existential space. With reference to geographical and anthropological work informed by hermeneutic-phenomenological philosophy, ‘place’ is discussed in a bodily lived sense.

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