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Enacting airports: space, movement and modes of ordering

Knox, H and O'Doherty, D and Vurdubakis, T and Westrup, Chris (2008) Enacting airports: space, movement and modes of ordering. Organization, 15 (6). pp. 869-888. ISSN 1350-5084

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    Abstract

    In the era of an increasingly `light' and `liquid' modernity (Bauman, 2000) airports appear to be privileged and distinctive sites of organization, constitutive of what Castells calls a `space of flows' that is helping to extend and integrate the so-called `network age' of global economy and `glocal' culture. This paper draws on original empirical research at Fulchester International Airport and studies the movement of various subjects and objects (including passengers, bags and aeroplanes) as they are assembled and disassembled by `modes of ordering' to facilitate the flows of exchange and interaction that for Castells binds the physically disjointed positions of social actors in contemporary global organization. Our study explores the ways in which digital information and communications technology creates `spectral' and uncanny phenomena that feeds back into the here-and-now of mundane, organizational reality. We find that an emergent hybridity between the dimensions of the virtual and the real opens up an intensive space that seems to extend the becoming of a `post-human' ontology; but in so doing it also provokes the return of a recalcitrant and unpredictable mass.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Organization
    Uncontrolled Keywords: airports ; digital reserve ; flow ; flux ; modes of ordering ; space
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
    ID Code: 45806
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:38
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 19 Dec 2013 16:58
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/45806

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