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On being at work : the social construction of the employee

Author: Nancy Harding
Publisher: New York ; London : Routledge, 2013.
Series: Management, organizations and society (London, England), 22.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Inspired by the work of the philosopher Judith Butler, influenced by Marx’s theory of alienation and intrigued by theories of death, this book develops an anti-methodological approach to studying working lives. Distinctions are drawn between labour (the tasks we do in our jobs) and work (self-making activities that are carried out at the workplace): between the less than human, zombie-like laborer and the working  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Harding
ISBN: 9780415579711 0415579716 9780203559031 0203559037
OCLC Number: 526106471
Description: xii, 204 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: A tale of two sisters --
The master's tale --
The bondsman's tale --
Becoming human --
Becoming and not becoming gendered --
The murder of the me's that might have been.
Series Title: Management, organizations and society (London, England), 22.
Responsibility: by Nancy Harding.

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"Inspired by the work of the philosopher Judith Butler, influenced by Marx’s theory of alienation and intrigued by theories of death, this book develops an anti-methodological approach to studying working lives. Distinctions are drawn between labour (the tasks we do in our jobs) and work (self-making activities that are carried out at the workplace): between the less than human, zombie-like laborer and the working human self. Nancy Harding argues that the experience of being at work is one in which the insistence on practising one’s humanity always provides a counter-point to organisational demands."--Publisher's website.

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