A Ghostly Encounter and the Questions We Might Learn from It

Justine Grønbæk Pors*

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Abstract

This paper takes a point of departure in a ghost story. Two social workers working in a community house in Copenhagen have both encountered a ghost. The first part of the paper wonders about the kinds of questions that are tempting to ask when listening to a ghost story as well as about how more careful questioning may allow organization studies to learn from ghostly encounters. Listening to what the two social workers have experienced, the paper identifies four sets of questions that the ghostly encounter may offer to organization studies, namely questions about inheritance, what it means to feel at home in an organization, temporality and affect. Thereafter, the paper discusses how organizational inquiries that are attentive to ghostly matters may look like.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCulture and Organization
Volume27
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)289-301
Number of pages13
ISSN1475-9551
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Bibliographical note

Published online: 24 Mar 2021.

Keywords

  • Ghost
  • Affect
  • Temporality
  • Uncanny
  • Ghost encounter
  • Inheritance

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