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When the working day is through: The end of work as identity?

Doherty, Michael (2009) When the working day is through: The end of work as identity? Work, Employment & Society, 23 (1). pp. 84-102. ISSN 0950-0170

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This article seeks to present a counter-case to the ‘end of work thesis’ advocated by writers such as Beck, Sennett and Bauman. It argues that work remains a significant locus of personal identity and that the depiction by these writers of endemic insecurity in the workplace is inaccurate and lacks empirical basis. The article draws upon case study data to illustrate how, across a range of workplaces, work remains an importance source of identity, meaning and social affiliation.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:flexibility; identity; insecurity; non-standard work; labour process
Subjects:Social Sciences > Law
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:SAGE Publications
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Copyright Information:© 2009 Sage. The online version of this article can be found at
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:17033
Deposited On:22 May 2012 10:32 by Michael Doherty. Last Modified 22 May 2012 10:32

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