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Title: Change as shifting identities: a dialogic perspective
Contributor(s): Jabri, M  (author)
Publication Date: 2004
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1108/09534810410564550
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Abstract: Narrative and dialogic modes of theorizing identity are both premised on textuality. However, theories of narrative identity tend towards unity and coherence (in accordance with the notion of narrative as constant and pre-given), whereas the dialogic mode is more aligned with the postmodern novelistic literature (thus drawing heavily on dispersion, voice, disorder, and otherness). In accordance with the approach of Mikhail Bakhtin, the present study attempts to remedy the shortcomings of narrative identity by proposing change as involving shifting identities that are achieved through the transposition of utterances. Only through the recognition of the undecidable, unfinalizable nature of utterance can change be conceived as being shaped and reshaped through shifting identities. Such an approach reveals the interlocking relation between change and the varied texts people inhabit as they contemplate change.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Organizational Change Management, 17(6), p. 566-577
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Place of Publication: Netherlands
ISSN: 0953-4814
Field of Research (FOR): 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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