From Categories to Categorization: Studies in Sociology, Organizations and Strategy at the Crossroads, 1st Edition

  • Rodolphe Durrand
  • Nina Granqvist
  • Anna Tyllström
  • Published By: Emerald Publishing Limited
  • ISBN-10: 1787142388
  • ISBN-13: 9781787142381
  • DDC: 302.3
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 416 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released November 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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This volume contains ten essays on categorization authored by some of the world’s leading scholars within sociology of markets, organization theory, and strategy research. It opens with revisiting the influential theory of “the categorical imperative”, and moves on to present various accounts of the social processes that form part of categorization and elaboration of their consequences. Together, the different chapters effectively show that categorization is a process, tightly connected to actors involved and their specific acts, the characteristics of the entity being categorized, and the context and timing informing these activities. As such, it complements the earlier cognitive perspectives by discussing the evaluative, social, and political manifestations of categorization.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Research in the Sociology of Organizations.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Contributors.
Editorial Advisory Board.
1: From Categories to Categorization: a Social Perspective on Market Categorization.
2: The Categorical Imperative Revisited: Implications of Categorization as a Theoretical Tool.
Categorization as Politics and Strategy.
3: Strategic Categorization.
4: Hybrid Categories as Political Devices: the Case of Impact Investing in Frontier Markets.
5: The Discursive Perspective of Market Categorization: Interaction, Power, and Context.
Categorizing the Unknown.
6: Categorical Anarchy in the Uk? the British Media’s Classification of Bitcoin and the Limits of Categorization.
7: Privacy in Public: Translating the Category of Privacy to the Digital Age.
8: The Importance of Being Independent: the Role of Intermediaries in Creating Market Categories.
Times and Places of Categorization.
9: Things That Last? Category Creation, Imprinting, and Durability☆.
10: Forging Consensus: An Integrated View of How Categories Shape the Perception of Organizational Identity.
11: Opportunity, Status, and Similarity: Exploring the Varied Antecedents and Outcomes of Category Spanning Innovation.
About the Authors.