Power, Institutional Conflict, Politics

Born Georgina

in Rationalizing Culture

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 1995 | ISBN: 9780520202160
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916845 | DOI:
Power, Institutional Conflict, Politics

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This chapter focuses on the politics, power, and institutional conflict at the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), explaining that IRCAM's functioning has undermined the surface since it was permeated by irrational and highly imperfect bureaucratic processes, with both serious and trivial consequences. It discusses IRCAM's patronage and dual structure of power. The chapter also contends that while the presence of politics in IRCAM's higher research and production sphere consisted mainly of informal rivalries for intellectual prestige and charisma, and for the patronage which flowed from these, this sphere was equally characterized by two significant absences of political consciousness or practice of the politics of institutional and organized labor.

Keywords: IRCAM; institutional conflict; bureaucratic process; research and production; political consciousness; organized labor

Chapter.  8911 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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