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Theorizing sociomaterial practices: Gilbert Simondon's theory of individuation

Chapter in book
Authors Alexander Styhre
Published in Contemporary Knowledge and Systems Science. W. B. Lee; Farzad Sabetzadeh (red.)
Pages 38-49
ISBN 9781522556558
Publisher IGI Global
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Business Administration
Pages 38-49
Language en
Subject categories Sociology


The recent interest in sociomaterial practices and forms of imbrication of social and material resources in, for example, studies of the use of information technology and information systems in organizations, has called for new theoretical developments to enact and fully understand materiality. This chapter examines the work of French philosopher Gilbert Simondon as an important, yet to date little explored resource in organization studies. Following Orlikowski's call for a relational ontology apprehending the enfolding of materiality and social resources, Simondon's analytical framework, which includes key concepts such as individual-tion, transduction, and relations, is presented. The chapter contributes to the recent debates regarding how to theorize and examine material resources such as information and communication technologies used in organizations.

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