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Spirit as Breath

The Emerald Handbook of Management and Organization Inquiry

ISBN: 978-1-78714-552-8, eISBN: 978-1-78714-551-1

Publication date: 6 June 2019


The purpose of this chapter is to uplevel the two-by-two binary matrix of differences to a three-by-three cross-referential one, in order to inquire into the nature and movement of Spirit within us at different levels of analysis. Our design is a non-liner, post-structural inquiry. The implications of our findings include an invitation to co-explore the muddled middle area of relationship, such as Synthesis − between Thesis and Antithesis − and Breath − between Mind and Body, individually and collectively as a metaphorical set to explore Spirit as the relationship between Self and Other. The social implications reveal more possible interpretations than currently assumed, beyond the label of enemy and the erection of lines of containment, in the relational space between concepts and among people. Our essay is original, in its playful and post-modern interface of fact and fiction, mind and body, self and other, and spirit and breath.




We gratefully acknowledge the beloved Spirit guides of Heather Höpfl, Terrence Krell, David Boje, Grace Ann Rosile, Eric Franklin, Jim Cashman, and Slavek Magala. And a special shout out to our sc’MOI beloveds, including Carolyn Gardner, Ken Ehrensahl, and all y’all who inspire us and allow us to express ourselves. Breathing together IS conspiracy. So Hum.


Durant, R.A., Downs, A. and Flory, M. (2019), "Spirit as Breath", Boje, D.M. and Sanchez, M. (Ed.) The Emerald Handbook of Management and Organization Inquiry, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 229-251.



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