By K. Dale

Anatomising Embodiment and supplier thought explores the connection among the human physique and the advance of social idea approximately firms and organizing. The technological know-how of anatomy is taken as a development for wisdom either one of the human physique and/or agencies, and the dual symbols of dissection--the scalpel and the mirror--are used to appreciate the creation of data approximately organisations.

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This research has been shaped and prompted by commitment ± again, something that is seen to have no place in rational knowledge, and which is even despised as creating subjective and therefore `poor' knowledge/`bad' science. This is a commitment to feminism and to other political movements against the oppression of those who demand assimilation and deny difference. It can be a further divisive strategy to atomise these politics by classifying and defining them ± race, class, disability, sexuality, age .

225; Haraway, 1990a). The other ± the one most dominant in popular culture such as Social Theory and the Body 43 science fiction films ± is derived from the image of the male body (although it is not necessarily male in all its forms). It is aggressive, strong, bounded, protected but penetrating, contained within itself and its identity even when it is able to change physical shape. It is the image portrayed in Terminator and Robocop (Lupton, 1995). Thus I would like to conclude this brief examination of some of the issues surrounding the relationship between technology and the body, with a cyborg from what is commonly acknowledged to be the first cyberpunk novel: Neuromancer by William Gibson (1993).

The tradition continues in a multitude of initiatives and schools of thought geared to capturing the `hearts and minds' of employees ± for example, the `soft' dimension of human resource management (Townley, 1994), employee involvement initiatives, `empowerment', and the `learning organisation'. It also constitutes a fundamental assumption in various theories of the labour market such as Human Capital Theory, which proposes that individuals will make `rational' choices about whether to invest in developing their skills and education depending on what return they 22 Anatomising Embodiment and Organisation Theory believe they will get for investing in themselves (see, for example, Mincer, 1958; Mincer and Polachek, 1974).

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