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[Commlist] new book: Organize

Mon Jan 20 16:10:37 GMT 2020

We would like to announce a new publication from the University of Minnesota Press, which we hope will be of interest.


*Timon Beyes, Lisa Conrad & Reinhold Martin & Afterword by Geert Lovink & Ned Rossiter***



Media organize things into patterns and relations. As intermediaries among people and between people and worlds, media shape sociotechnical orders. At the same time, media are organized: while they condition different organizational forms and processes, they, too, are formed and can be re-formed. This intimate relation of media and organizing is timeless. Yet arguably, digital media technologies repose the question of organization—and thus of power and domination, control and surveillance, disruption and emancipation. Bringing together leading media thinkers and organization theorists, this book interrogates organization as an effect and condition of media. How can we understand the recursive relation between media and organization? How can we think, explore, critique, and perhaps alter the organizational bodies and scripts that shape contemporary life?

/Organize/will be of interest to scholars and students of new and old media, social organization, and technology. Moreover, the dialogical form of these essays provides a concise and path-breaking view on the recursive relation between technological media and social organization. The book therefore establishes and maps “media and organization” as a highly relevant field of inquiry, appealing to those with a critical interest in the technological conditioning of the social.

*Timon Beyes* is professor in sociology of organization and culture at Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

*Lisa Conrad* is lecturer at the Institute for Sociology and Cultural Organisation, Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

*Reinhold Martin *is professor of architecture at Columbia University.

*Geert Lovin*k is founder of the Institute of Network Cultures at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

*Ned Rossiter* is professor of communication at Western Sydney University.

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