We the Inuit: Fluid Notions of Age and Non-corporeal Actants

  • Shelley T. Price
  • Christopher M. Hartt
  • Anthony R. Yue
  • Gretchen G. Pohlkamp


The narratives in this chapter provide insight into the value of the elderly; the meaningfulness of connections with an Elder; the fluidity of age definitions as related to Elder versus elderly; and the transference of knowledge from Elder to youth in an Inuit culture. In Management and Organizational Studies (MOS), organizational elders have multiple roles impacted by varying understandings from sources of history to barriers to progress. There is an intersection between cultural understandings of age and organizational operationalizations of the elder. We explore these phenomena so as to reveal the struggles that are experienced when attempting to construct a durable identity and attempt to better understand how the self-relationship with identity changes as ideas, values, and beliefs on ageing change.


Actor–Network Theory Non-corporeal actant Inuit culture Liquid modern 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shelley T. Price
    • 1
  • Christopher M. Hartt
    • 2
  • Anthony R. Yue
    • 3
  • Gretchen G. Pohlkamp
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of ManagementSaint Mary’s UniversityHalifaxCanada
  2. 2.Department of Business and Social SciencesDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada
  3. 3.Department of Communication StudiesMount Saint Vincent UniversityHalifaxCanada
  4. 4.Department of Municipal AffairsNova Scotia Barristers’ SocietyHalifaxCanada

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