From symbolic violence to economic violence: the globalizing of the Scottish banking elite

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2012) From symbolic violence to economic violence: the globalizing of the Scottish banking elite. Organization Studies, 33(2), pp. 247-266. (doi: 10.1177/0170840611430594)

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The financial crisis has raised questions about the role of corporate elites in contemporary organizations. This article follows recent work on organizational elites that argues for critical sociological approaches to the study of such elites, using, for example, Bourdieu’s concept of field, and for studies of elites in contexts outside North America. Applying Bourdieusian concepts such as forms of violence, we look at the particular case of the Scottish banking elite, focusing on changing enactments of violence within that field, from symbolic violence to economic violence. We trace the movement of the Scottish banking elite from the national-traditional to the global and modernized and demonstrate how members of an elite field can operate in the field of power within their own organization and at the same time within a transorganizational field of peer competitors, thus illustrating how a specific national elite has been affected by neoliberal globalization and its crisis.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Robinson, Professor Sarah
Authors: Kerr, R., and Robinson, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Organization Studies
ISSN (Online):1741-3044
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 SAGE
First Published:First published in Organization Studies 33(2):247-266
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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