Bell, E and Taylor, SL (2015) Vernacular mourning and corporate memorialization in framing the death of Steve Jobs. Organization, 23 (1). pp. 114-132. ISSN 1461-7323

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This article explores the role of vernacular mourning in framing the death of Apple co-founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs. Using the concept of heterotopia to explore the spatio-temporal power relations of contemporary organizational memorialization, we show how the construction of temporary shrines and visual imagery rendered spaces and objects temporarily sacred and maintained Jobs as an ongoing presence in the lives of consumer-believers. Our analysis of these mourning practices identifies three themes: the construction of shrines as temporary organizational memorials in vernacular mourning; the distribution of photographs as memento mori; and the role of official corporate memorialization in disciplining mourners into letting go, severing their connection with Jobs so that the organization could continue without his physical presence. This highlights the importance of organizations in attempting to control mourning through official corporate memorialization and reveals the power relations entailed in determining who and what is mourned in organizational life, and how the dead are remembered.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Authors, Sage Publications
Uncontrolled Keywords: Apple, death, heterotopia, memorialization, mourning, Steve Jobs, visual images
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Management School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2015 14:32
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2019 10:32

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