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Why Kurt Wolff matters for a practice-based perspective of sensible knowledge in ethnography
Univ Trento, Fac Sociol, Dept Sociol & Social Res, Sociol Work, Trento, Italy..ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7026-2418
2015 (English)In: Journal of Organizational Ethnography, ISSN 2046-6749, E-ISSN 2046-6757, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 117-131Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the contribution offered by Wolff's sociology of knowledge to organizational ethnography and to enrich the lexicon of practice-based studies with the concept of surrender-and-catch. Design/methodology/approach - Drawing on Wolff's writing, the surrender-and-catch perspective is introduced and how to be inspired by it is illustrated in relation to three working practices. Findings - The centrality of the body and of sensible knowledge for doing ethnographies of working practices is affirmed and the surrender-and-catch perspective is interpreted as an art of seeing connections. Practical implications - Surrender-to may be included in the methodology for studying knowing-in-practice and it may help students to get prepared to conduct an organizational ethnography. Originality/value - A contribution to frame the legacy of a sociologist of knowledge little known in organization studies. Its contribution stresses the importance of a plurality of forms of knowing alongside the rational-analytic one. Therefore Kurt Wolff's work becomes relevant within the practice-based studies.

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EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD , 2015. Vol. 4, no 1, p. 117-131
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Practice-based studies, Aesthetic knowledge, Organizational ethnography, Sensible knowing, Surrender-and-catch, Wolff
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-51922DOI: 10.1108/JOE-11-2013-0021ISI: 000214576800009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84958548459OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-51922DiVA, id: diva2:1484053
Available from: 2020-10-27 Created: 2020-10-27 Last updated: 2020-11-18Bibliographically approved

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