Negotiating self through changing work.

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Title Negotiating self through changing work.
Author Billett, Stephen Richard
Book Title World Yearbook of Education 2007: Educating the Global Workforce: knowledge, knowledge work and knowledge workers
Editor Lesley Farrell and Tara Fenwick
Year Published 2007
Place of publication London
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This chapter examines the role of individuals' sense of self in mediating the impact of work transformations brought about by economic and social globalisation. It proposes that through work and working life, individuals' sense of work self is shaped through negotiation between social and personal imperatives. Therefore, understanding the impact of globalisation on work requires going beyond accounts of social theorising and 'objective' accounts of changes and their impacts to account for workers' subjective experiences. Using case studies of transformations in five individuals' work lives it is shown that the changes are not necessarily disempowering and dehumanising, but can also serve workers' personal and work life goals. Central to negotiating these transformations is the exercise of individual agency and intentionality that is directed towards individuals maintaining and remaking their selves through their work life.
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Edition 2007
Chapter Number 15
Page from 189
Page to 199
ISBN 0415416035
Date Accessioned 2007-05-14
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject PRE2009-Other Education
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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