Interpretation-appropriation: (making) an example of labor process theory

Edward Wray-Bliss

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In this article, the author explores ethically problematic relations that may be reproduced within a genre of interpretive organizational research: namely, (U.K.) labor process theory (LPT). Although the author endorses LPT's critical and explicitly antioppressive values, he argues that interpretive practices employed by core authors contradict the genre's value base and function to silence and appropriate challenging empirical elements to affirm LPT's valued interpretive schema. The author draws out deeply problematic implications of such appropriation through highlighting parallels between interpretation, appropriation, and colonization. The author ends by considering the nature of, and possibility for, more ethical "critical" interpretive organizational research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-104
Number of pages24
JournalOrganizational Research Methods
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


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