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dc.contributor.authorRoscoe, Philip John
dc.contributor.authorChillas, Shiona Allison
dc.identifier.citationRoscoe , P J & Chillas , S A 2014 , ' The state of affairs : critical performativity and the online dating industry ' , Organization , vol. 21 , no. 6 , pp. 797-820 .
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84910077653
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-1184-0553/work/57568131
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-5974-945X/work/57568172
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dc.description.abstractIn this paper we pursue a dialogue between Callon’s (1998) ‘performativity thesis’ and Critical Management Studies (CMS). We make use of the performativity thesis to elaborate on the construction of a market and the generation of calculative and rational economic agency in a specific empirical setting: the markets for relationships offered by dating services. We find evidence for ‘effective’ performativity, where technical processes and outcomes are shaped by academic theory. We link the performativity analysis with three critical perspectives: a novel enclosure in the commodification and sale of relationships; the politics of standardisation, classification, expertise and responsibility; and the enactment of instrumentally rational, self-interested social relations through the individualist assumptions of matching systems. We argue that a performativity analysis must begin with a critical politics: what kind of world would we like to see performed?
dc.rightsThis is the author's final version of an article (c) 2013 the authors, published in Organization, available from
dc.subjectCritical management studiesen
dc.subjectOnline datingen
dc.subjectHB Economic Theoryen
dc.titleThe state of affairs : critical performativity and the online dating industryen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Managementen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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