Posthumanism and sociomaterial organizing: The case of Superbergamo's aid practices during the Covid-19 pandemic

Laura Lucia Parolin, Carmen Pellegrinelli

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This chapter contributes to the literature on the posthumanist epistemology of practice by proposing an original way to analyze the emergence of specific practices as the becoming of a new organizational entity. It focuses on the becoming of Superbergamo's aid practices and their sociomaterial and affective entanglements during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The chapter proposes to use the concept of agencement (Deleuze & Guattari 1987) – to narrate how people, resources (material and symbolic), and forces interact and connect, becoming a new aid practice and, thus, a recognizable organizational entity. Focusing on the assemblage helps to decenter the human subject as the principal source of action and comprehend how the agency is distributed among a chain of heterogeneous elements. Through the application to the case of Superbergamo, the chapter offers valuable methodological insights about how to use the analytical concept of agencement/assemblage in organization studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganization Studies and Posthumanism : Towards a More-than-Human World
EditorsFrançois-Xavier de Vaujany, Silvia Gherardi, Polyana Silva
Place of PublicationNew York/London
Publication date2024
ISBN (Print)978-1-032-61424-3, 978-1-032-61715-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-032-61716-9
Publication statusPublished - 2024
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society


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