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Role of the Critical Researcher - com 339

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The Role of the Critical Researcher (in critical theories and approaches) Like the cultural researchers, critical scholars are also interested in how economic, political, and social forces worldwide shape what happens in organizations Critical theorists gather interpretive data about race, class, gender, age, language, motives, and actions and make judgments about the power relationships that exist in all aspects of organizing As a consequence of their position, critical theorists are often labeled as elitists. They are labeled as such because they must be willing to argue that certain individuals are oppressed but are unaware of their oppression
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Unformatted text preview: Critical theorists may occupy a mode of being or a way of life. Deetz (2004) characterized 3 critial modes of being important to critical scholarship: Being filled with care means directing attention to understanding other individuals and groups on their own terms Being filled with thought means moving from empathy to action by considering action a larger social and political scale Being filled with good humor means having the willingness to recognize the ironic and contradictory aspects of life The 3 modes of being can be harnessed in service of organizational empowerment and jutsice...
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