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Realist studies of oppression, emancipation and resistance

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Steve VincentORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by SAGE Publications Ltd, 2018.

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This article introduces two papers in a special section of this journal. It explains why realist studies of oppression, emancipation and resistance are needed. We trace the development of studies in this area, noting their Marxist roots, divergence with post-structural theorising and more recent critical realist advancements. We conclude by highlighting the weaknesses in studies of this area and by arguing that progress is important for understanding how emancipation from oppression might be possible.

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Author(s): O'Mahoney J, Vincent S, Harley B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Organization

Year: 2018

Volume: 25

Issue: 5

Pages: 575-584

Print publication date: 01/09/2018

Online publication date: 27/08/2018

Acceptance date: 01/08/2018

Date deposited: 28/08/2018

ISSN (print): 1350-5084

ISSN (electronic): 1461-7323

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/1350508418789686


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