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Animals and organization

A special issue of the journal Organization edited by Julie Labatut (INRA, UMR Agir), Iain Munro (Newcastle University, UK) and John Desmond (University of St Andrews, UK)

Cover of the special issue of Organization: Animals and Organization
By Françoise Maxime
Updated on 07/29/2016
Published on 07/25/2016

Much of the critical academic study of our organized relations with animals is found in sociology and geography, and particularly science studies. Despite the promise that such work holds for addressing questions of power, accountability, ideology and ethics, Organization Studies has paid scant attention to this work. As a response to this gap, a workshop related to a special issue of Organization was organized at the University of Worcester (UK) in July 2014, based on a call for contributions including theoretical and empirical studies of a broad set of topics such as business ethics and animal exploitation, eating animals, animals at work, animals and social movement organizations, animals in organizational discourse, anthropomorphism and organization, etc.

The special issue published in May 2016 has investigated aspects of the role played by animals in the process of organizing, and of the organizational framing of the treatment of animals. The papers in this issue point towards the need for further research and theorizing in relation to the animal and organization. They propose a number of possible ways of developing the field, including through actor network theory, animal ethnographies, deconstructive analysis and the historical analysis of techniques of power. Finally, by focusing on our organized relations to animals, this special issue seeks to venture beyond zoocentric perspectives to open research avenues for organization and management scholars in adopting an ‘ecocentric’ perspective considering human organizations as part of a community involving animals, plants and the environment.

Julie Labatut, Iain Munro and John Desmond (eds), 2016. Animals and Organization. Organization, 23(3), Special Issue. http://org.sagepub.com/content/23/3.toc

Associated Division(s):
Science for Action and Development
Associated Centre(s):
Couv. Ouvrage Labatut Construire la biodiversité

Julie Labatut

Julie Labatut is a research fellow at the National Institute of Agricultural Research, Toulouse, France. She has research interests in critical studies of management in the field of agriculture, animal biopolitics, biotechnology and animal genomics.

Some publications:

  • J. Labatut, 2015. Opinion paper: emerging markets, emerging strategies under the genomic revolution. animal, 9, 735-737. doi:10.1017/S1751731115000051
  • Franck Aggeri, Julie Labatut, 2014. Les métamorphoses de l'instrumentation gestionnaire, in: Charlotte Halpern, Pierre Lascoumes, Patrick Le Galès (eds), L'instrumentation d'action publique. Presses de Sciences Po.
  • Julie Labatut, Franck Aggeri, and Nathalie Girard, 2012. Discipline and Change: How Technologies and Organizational Routines Interact in New Practice Creation. Organization Studies, 33, 39-69.
  • Labatut Julie, Aggeri Franck, Bibe Bernard, Girard Nathalie, 2011. Construire l'animal sélectionnable. Des régimes de sélection et de leurs transformations. Revue d'anthropologie des connaissances, 5(2), 302-336. URL : www.cairn.info/revue-anthropologie-des-connaissances-2011-2-page-302.htm DOI: 10.3917/rac.013.0302
  • Labatut Julie, 2011. Gérer les races animales locales en biens communs. Dispositifs, crises et leviers de la coopération. FaçSade, n° 35, 4 p.
  • Julie Labatut, 2010. Construire la biodiversité. Processus de conception de "biens communs". Paris, Presses des Mines, 240 p.
  • Julie Labatut, 2009. Gérer des biens communs : processus de conception et régimes de coopération dans la gestion des ressources génétiques animales. Thèse Sciences de l'Homme et Société. École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris. Thesis online