Performing identities at work: evidence from contrasting sectors

Felstead, Alan, Bishop, Dan, Fuller, Alison, Jewson, Nick, Unwin, Lorna and Kakavelakis, Konstantinos (2007) Performing identities at work: evidence from contrasting sectors. Cardiff, GB, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, 30pp. (Learning as Work Research Paper, 9).


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This paper argues that in making products and services organizations shape (create, sustain and/or change) the way workers individually and collectively think about themselves and the way they are seen by others. The empirical results are drawn from interviews, observations and periods of work shadowing in the service sector, the ‘knowledge based economy’ and traditional manufacturing. The findings highlight the particular ways in which organizations mould and shape worker identities. This includes the creation of new identities for workers to inhabit, the sustenance of existing identities formed elsewhere and the realignment of well established identities in the context of work reorganization.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: This paper was first presented to the ‘Transitions Through the Lifecourse’ Seminar Series, University of Nottingham, 12-13 October 2006
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Lifelong and Work-Related Learning
ePrint ID: 63805
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February 2007Published
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:48

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