How Do Organizations Mediate The Production Of Meanings, Actions, And Relations?
Organizations are platforms on which social actors construct the meanings of actions and negotiate their relationships. While organizations prescribe rules of conduct and formalize cultures within them, social actors often go beyond these restrictions and improvise new frameworks through which exigent problems can be solved and transformed. I am interested in how formalized organizational setups and routines interact with informal relations and organizational crises. I have studied different types of organizations with various degrees of formalization. My current project examines how Chinese state bureaucracy of the 19th century responded to large-scale social rebellions. Upcoming projects include a study of how social organizations among inmates influence strategies of escaping from prison, and a study of the different forms and meanings of “mediators” in social relations.
King-To Yeung, Mindy Stombler, and Renee Wharton. 2006. “Making Men in Gay Fraternities: Resisting and Reproducing Multiple Dimensions of Hegemonic Masculinity.” Gender & Society 20(1): 5-31.
King-To Yeung. 2005. “What Does Love Mean? Exploring Network Culture in Two Network Settings.” Social Forces 84(1): 391-420.
King-To Yeung and John Levi Martin. 2003. “The Looking Glass Self: An Empirical Test and Elaboration.” Social Forces 81(3): 843-879.
King-To Yeung and Mindy Stombler. 2000. “Gay and Greek: The Identity Paradox of Gay Fraternities.” Social Problems 47(1): 134-152.