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The “Finger Puppets”: Examining the Use of Artifacts to Create Liminal Moments in Management Education

Heneberry, Pam; Stead, Valerie; Elliott, Carole; Turner, Arthur; Kempster, Steve

Authors

Pam Heneberry

Valerie Stead

Carole Elliott

Arthur Turner Arthur.Turner@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies (ILM)

Steve Kempster



Abstract

The resource review we examine here is provided by the Unemployed Philosophers Guild http://www.philosophersguild.com/Finger-Puppets/). On the company’s website they comment: “. . . we have discovered that people seem to really like the giants of our culture reduced to little finger puppets . . .” In particular, we consider the use of the “finger puppets” to generate a liminal moment (Hawkins & Edwards, 2013) in management education. Liminal moments have been described as “moments in and out of time” (Delanty, 2010, p. 31). A sense of “neither here nor there; they are betwixt and between the positions assigned and arrayed by law, custom, convention, and ceremony” . . . that allow for the “realm of pure possibility” (Turner, 1967, p. 95). We explore the use of this resource as a liminal tool and its value to management education.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Journal of Management Education
Print ISSN 1052-5629
Electronic ISSN 1552-6658
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 3
Pages 433-438
APA6 Citation Elliott, C., Stead, V., Heneberry, P., Turner, A., & Kempster, S. (2015). The “Finger Puppets”: Examining the Use of Artifacts to Create Liminal Moments in Management Education. Journal of Management Education, 39(3), 433-438. https://doi.org/10.1177/1052562914540904
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1052562914540904
Keywords finger, puppets, artifacts, liminal, management, educaton
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1052562914540904


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