Felt Quality of Sociomaterial Relations: Introducing Emotions into Sociomaterial Theorizing

Mari-Klara Stein, Sue Newell, Erica L. Wagner, Robert D. Galliers

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    Sociomateriality, in helping to overcome the longstanding dualism between the social and the technical, has become an increasingly popular theoretical perspective in Information Systems (IS) research. However, while recognizing the usefulness of sociomaterial theorizing, we contend that it also inadvertently perpetuates other kinds of dualisms-particularly that of objectivism - subjectivism and cognition-emotion. We argue that sociomateriality's current inability to express what it feels like to be a human agent, and the inadvertent perpetuation of the cognitive-emotional dualism, is problematic in terms of the limited practical insights these perspectives generate. To address this limitation, we propose and illustrate two different approaches for including emotions in sociomaterial theorizing. By proposing two approaches for the inclusion of emotions into applications of sociomateriality in IS research (one founded on critical realism, and the other on agential realism), we provide researchers with the conceptual tools to generate richer practical and theoretical insights.
    Sociomateriality, in helping to overcome the longstanding dualism between the social and the technical, has become an increasingly popular theoretical perspective in Information Systems (IS) research. However, while recognizing the usefulness of sociomaterial theorizing, we contend that it also inadvertently perpetuates other kinds of dualisms-particularly that of objectivism - subjectivism and cognition-emotion. We argue that sociomateriality's current inability to express what it feels like to be a human agent, and the inadvertent perpetuation of the cognitive-emotional dualism, is problematic in terms of the limited practical insights these perspectives generate. To address this limitation, we propose and illustrate two different approaches for including emotions in sociomaterial theorizing. By proposing two approaches for the inclusion of emotions into applications of sociomateriality in IS research (one founded on critical realism, and the other on agential realism), we provide researchers with the conceptual tools to generate richer practical and theoretical insights.
    LanguageEnglish
    JournalInformation and Organization
    Volume24
    Issue number3
    Pages156-175
    ISSN1471-7727
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    StatePublished - 2014

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      Stein, Mari-Klara ; Newell, Sue ; Wagner, Erica L. ; Galliers, Robert D./ Felt Quality of Sociomaterial Relations : Introducing Emotions into Sociomaterial Theorizing. In: Information and Organization. 2014 ; Vol. 24, No. 3. pp. 156-175
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      In: Information and Organization, Vol. 24, No. 3, 2014, p. 156-175.

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