Ontological multiplicity: Responsible organising in defence of life

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This chapter argues for the need to account for ontological differences in research on responsibility and sustainability. Ontological assumptions about “the world” influence what kind of organising activities, and relations to nonhumans (e.g., rivers, mountains, animals) are considered responsible and sustainable and has direct implications for what kind of world(s) we bring into being. Drawing on a Political Ontology frame of analysis, and examples from Sámi homelands in Finland and the Mapuche territories in Chile, we discuss the politics of responsible organising in encounters between companies and local Indigenous worlds. The chapter seeks answers to the question of what it means to act responsibly in contexts of ontological multiplicity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransformative Action for Sustainable Outcomes : Responsible Organising
EditorsMaria Sandberg, Janne Tienari
Number of pages7
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
Publication date2022
ISBN (Print)978-1-032-13534-2, 978-1-032-13536-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-22972-8
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameRoutledge Advances in Sociology


  • 512 Business and Management


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