Appropriating the abject: an anthropophagic approach to organizational diversity

Abstract : This paper discusses the concept of organizational anthropophagy, a metaphor describing a unique relationship between identity and otherness. To show how this perspective contributes to understandings of diversity and difference, I read anthropophagy against psychoanalytic discussions of abjection, a process where individuals are simultaneously fascinated by, drawn towards, and horrified by their relationships to outside "others". Stemming from the global periphery, anthropophagy provides a way to combine psychoanalytic with sociological views of otherness. I stress the implications of the anthropophagic approach for organizational theorizing of the "monstrous", placing monstrousness against the political economic context of post-coloniality and discussing its relations with diversity and difference.
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Gazi Islam. Appropriating the abject: an anthropophagic approach to organizational diversity. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, Emerald Insight, 2014, 33 (7), pp.595 - 613. ⟨10.1108/EDI-03-2012-0023⟩. ⟨hal-00969258⟩

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