Provoked by Charlie Hebdo: visual satire and management studies

Whiteman, G., Zundel, M. and Holt, R. ORCID: 0000-0003-0610-4049, 2018. Provoked by Charlie Hebdo: visual satire and management studies. Academy of Management Review, 43 (3), pp. 530-540. ISSN 0363-7425

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Satire, especially in visual form, has long played a significant role in balancing the powers of those in control of societies, communities or organizations. Focussing on the cover of the 'survirors' issue', the first publication of the French satirical magazine 'Charlie Hebdo' following a deadly terror attack on its staff, we explore how incongruity, irony and caricature afford visual satire its potency to provoke readers to re- consider values and beliefs. Set in contrast with the seriousness of most management research, visual satire done well can resist fixed categorizations and binary oppositions to communicate and debate sophisticated knowledge claims. The mirror play of humor and tragedy in the cover of the 'surviror's issue' prompts us to reflect upon our own academic writing practice and the possibilities of incongruity, irony and caricature for management research. Atypically, we do not begin with a gap in knowledge, but commence with the tragedy.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Academy of Management Review
Creators: Whiteman, G., Zundel, M. and Holt, R.
Date: 2018
Volume: 43
Number: 3
ISSN: 0363-7425
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 14 Jan 2019 13:49
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 03:00

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