‘Public’ Versus ‘Natural’ Grammars: Complex Domination in the Financial Intermediation Industry

Justification, Evaluation and Critique in the Study of Organizations

ISBN: 978-1-78714-380-7, eISBN: 978-1-78714-379-1

ISSN: 0733-558X

Publication date: 1 June 2017

Abstract

In this article, we make the point that managerial domination as described by pragmatic sociology is an appropriate notion to make sense of complex forms of domination in contemporary organizations. Based on Lemieux’s work on ‘grammars’, we complement approaches of complex domination put forward by pragmatic sociologists such as Boltanski and Thévenot. We illustrate these ideas by means of an ethnographic study of the financial intermediation industry. Our analysis sketches out an alternative conceptualization of power in such environments, and by so doing, helps us delineate the features that characterize complex financial domination. We conclude by arguing that this type of domination is the result of specific contradictions inherent to the grammars of financial intermediation.

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Taupin, B. and Lenglet, M. (2017), "‘Public’ Versus ‘Natural’ Grammars: Complex Domination in the Financial Intermediation Industry", Justification, Evaluation and Critique in the Study of Organizations (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 52), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 109-142. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X20170000052004

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