Title: A phenomenology of embodied senses: the 'making' of sense in organisational culture

Authors: Wendelin Küpers

Addresses: Karlshochschule International University, Karlstraße 36-38, D-76133 Karlsruhe, Germany

Abstract: Following the recent turn to senses and affect across the social sciences this article discusses the contribution of a phenomenology of senses as bodily and cultural phenomena and discusses their affective, pathic and emotional qualities. Correspondingly, organisations will be interpreted as sensuous embodied socio-cultural life-worlds and the significance of embodied sense-making and bodies at work are discussed. In addition to practical and political implications, perspectives on embodied research practice are offered as part of a sensorialised or sensuous scholarship. Finally, the conclusions address some limitations and perspectives on a phenomenological sense-making orientation.

Keywords: affect; body; embodiment; phenomenology; somatic work; Merleau-Ponty; embodied senses; organisational culture; embodied sense-making.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWOE.2013.057399

International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, 2013 Vol.5 No.4, pp.325 - 341

Published online: 28 Jun 2014 *

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