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.
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