The things signs do: Cultural history through the work of the Isotype Institute

Henning, M. (2008) The things signs do: Cultural history through the work of the Isotype Institute. In: Orientations: The International Society for cultural history conference, Ghent, 27 - 31 August 2008.

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Abstract

This paper addresses how cultural history conceives of cultural forms and practices: as mediated expressions of socio-economic reality or as participants in the production of that reality. I explore this through a case study of the Isotype Institute, and its relation to scientific management, or Taylorism. Using examples of Isotype associates’ roles in pre-war and wartime social and economic planning movements, this paper considers how Isotype emerged from and participated in the dissemination of Taylorisms different from the one understood now and suggests that Isotype was not a cultural translation of Taylorism but an agent in the production of new social arrangements.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Taylorism, cultural history, Otto Neurath, Isotype
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > School of Art and Design
ID Code:11134
Deposited By: G. Brown
Deposited On:23 Aug 2010 09:19
Last Modified:12 Aug 2013 08:03

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