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Organizing practice and practising organization: an outline of translational mobilization theory

Allen, Davina ORCID: and May, Carl R. 2017. Organizing practice and practising organization: an outline of translational mobilization theory. Sage Open 7 (2) 10.1177/2158244017707993

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Understanding the relationship between emergent social phenomena and the stabilizing mechanisms that make collective action possible is a longstanding concern in social science, but remains an inadequately theorized area. This article sets out a middle range theory - Translational Mobilization Theory – to address this challenge. Adopting a practice-based approach, we connect interactionist perspectives on social order, analyses of socio-technical networks, and theories of strategic action fields, to describe and explain how projects of institutionally sanctioned collective action are progressed by actors interacting with and through socially constructed objects. Investigating these mechanisms is a prerequisite to advancing empirical and theoretical understanding of the complex organizational processes and structures that characterize contemporary society.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Sage Open Attribution
ISSN: 2158-2440
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 May 2017
Date of Acceptance: 1 April 2017
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2023 06:22

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