‘Space, the final frontier’? Social movements as organizing spaces for applying HRD

Callahan, Jamie (2013) ‘Space, the final frontier’? Social movements as organizing spaces for applying HRD. Human Resource Development International, 16 (3). pp. 298-312. ISSN 1367-8868

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2013.782945


This article suggests a qualitatively different type of ‘space’ that fits the classic definition of what constitutes an ‘organization’, but that is frequently rejected as being beyond the scope of HRD because it does not fit preconceived notions of an ‘organization’. In this article, I describe how social movements are spaces analogous to organizations that can enrich our understanding of HRD principles and that may benefit from our professional experience in fostering learning and development for and within organizations. Using concepts of sensemaking in the organizing process (Weick, K. E. 1979. The Social Psychology of Organizing. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications) and concepts of space (Foucault, M. 1986. “Of Other Spaces.” Translated by J. Miskowiec. Diacritics 16 (1): 22–27; Lefebvre, H. 1991. The Production of Space. Translated by D. Nicholson-Smith. Oxford: Blackwell), I show how the social movement, Occupy Wall Street, can be seen as an important site of HRD practice and research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: space, critical HRD, social movements, Occupy Wall Street, Lefebvre
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
N600 Human Resource Management
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 04 May 2018 11:29
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:51
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34168

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