Identity and meaningful/meaningless work

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Abstract

This chapter draws on critical management studies and labor process theory to argue that the discourse of meaningfulness in the context of neoliberal capitalism may represent a means for organisations to control and manipulate individual identities. However, she extends this critical perspective by proposing a 'politics of meaningful work' that demonstrates how individuals move between abject alienation and the proud identity associated with meaningful work, based on the thinking of Butler and Foucault.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Meaningful Work
EditorsR Yeoman
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter8
ISBN (Print)9780198788232
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Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2019

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