Surfacing Perversions of Democracy in the Workplace: A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Project

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Surfacing Perversions of Democracy in the Workplace: A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Project

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dc.contributor.author Diamond, Michael A. (Michael Alan) 1950-
dc.contributor.author Allcorn, Seth
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-25T15:31:04Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-25T15:31:04Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 2006, 11, (54-73) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1088-0763/06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/8351
dc.description doi:10.1057/palgrave.pcs.2100064 en_US
dc.description.abstract In this paper, we explore the psychodynamics of democracy in the workplace with a particular focus on unconscious and collusive forms of perverting democratic processes at work. We suggest that interpersonally and collectively the dialectical interplay between (1) autistic-contiguous, (2) paranoid-schizoid, and (3) depressive modes of experience and organized perceptions, which are necessary to the containment of divisions and conflicts in democratic organizations, is vulnerable to stress, anxiety, and psychological defenses that foster regression and collapse into more oppressive, authoritarian, and sadistic political cultures. With the objective of understanding perversions to democracy in the workplace, we find that a contemporary psychoanalytic view of organizations is more instructive than mainstream organization theory or that found in Foucault's writings on power and institutions. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Center for the Study of Organizational Change publications (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Management -- Employee participation en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Conflict management en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Psychology, Industrial en_US
dc.title Surfacing Perversions of Democracy in the Workplace: A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Project en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.source.harvested Palgrave Macmillan Web site en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs. Center for the Study of Organizational Change.


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