Natural light as affective force in organizing practices

Saija Katila, Ari Kuismin, Anu Valtonen

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The chapter examines how natural light comes to matter in organizing practices as affective force generating shifts between different bodily states thereby augmenting or diminishing a body's power to act. Drawing from feminist new materialist approach the chapter explores what natural light as affective force 'does' in material-discursive flows of organizing. Through a diffractive reading of events of the authors' embodied affectual encounters with natural light, the paper shows how natural light as affective force works on the level of bodies and bodily relations by shaping our capacities to act or respond to a situation. Natural light is not merely a design element with a priori properties but an affective force constitutive of the body. The paper underscores the importance of feminist new materialist shift in research to acknowledge and better understand the multiplicity of forces that constitute bodies in organizing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA research agenda for Organization Studies, Feminisms and New Materialisms
EditorsMarta Calas, Linda Smirichic
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-80088-127-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-80088-126-6
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeA3 Book section, Chapters in research books


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