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Privileged precarities : an organizational ethnography on early career workers at the United Nations

Privileged precarities : an organizational ethnography on early career workers at the United Nations

Author: Linda M Mülli
Publisher: Frankfurt ; New York : Campus Verlag, [2021] ©2021
Series: Work and everyday life, v. 19.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda M Mülli
ISBN: 9783593513898 3593513897
OCLC Number: 1263810996
Description: 354 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction --
1.1. Point of Departure and Research Aim --
1.2. Early Career Workers at the UN: Critical Perspectives on Work and International Organizations, Biographies and Mobility --
1.3. From Description to Interpretation and Analysis: On Writing Ethnographies and the Purpose and Potential of Ethnographic Vignettes --
1.4. Overview of the Chapters --
The Futile Search for the Tourist Gaze --
2. Assembling the Field: Insights into two UN Headquarters Duty Stations and the UN Staff System --
2.1. Disparate Domains --
A Multi-sited Research Study on Early Career UN Workers --
2.2. Historic Entanglements and Administrative Continuations: The Legacy of the League of Nations and the Beginnings of the United Nations --
2.3. Where Bureaucratic Threads Converge: Constructions of Atmosphere and Space at Two UN Headquarter Duty Stations in Europe --
2.4. Staff Hierarchies --
Insights into the UN Staff System --
2.5. The UN as a Global Assemblage --
On Interview Atmospheres and Linear Stories --
3. Studying Self-aware Informants: Methodological Considerations on Research with Early Career UN Workers --
3.1. Along the Vertical or the Horizontal Axis? Immersion in the Everyday Working Life at the UN --
3.2. Oscillating between the Working Intern Self and the Observing Ethnographer Self: On Fieldwork Encounters and Positionality --
3.3. The Para-ethnographic Knowledge and Sensibilities of UN Workers --
3.4. Immersion in the UN as a Fluid Research Process --
Promoting Cross-cultural Competences --
4. Ritualized Practices and Interactions: Insights into the (In)formal Organizational Culture of the UN --
4.1. Theories of Social Orders: Ritual Theories Applied to Contemporary Societies and Organizations --
4.2. Routinized Moments and Habitualized Actions of the Everyday UN Work Culture --
4.3. Habitualized Practices and Social Orders in the UN --
"Youarenot UNICEF. You are not UNDP. You are UN!" --
5. Homo UN and the Habitus of International Life and Work --
5.1. The Discursive Creation (and Critical Analysis) of the (Employee-)Self in Contemporary Workplaces --
5.2. Homo UN-the Wanted UN Worker --
5.3. Skillful Rhetoric --
the Narrative Habitus of UN Employees --
5.4. Walking on the "Many Roads to Timbuktu"? Resonances of Explicit and Implicit Requirements --
5.5. Habitus of International Life and Work or The Ability to Align Different Narratives --
In Limbo between Internships, Consultancies and a Staff Position --
6. Privileged Precarities: Mechanisms of Flexibility, Subjedification and Precarity at the UN --
6.1. Discourses on Work and Precarity in the Era of Cognitive Capitalism --
6.2. When Double Standards Are Applied: Aspects of Job (In)Security and (Im)Mobility at the UN --
6.3. Precarity of Highly-Skilled Early Career Professionals --
7. Conclusion --
7.1. Summary of the Chapters --
7.2. Narratives of Early Career UN Workers in Times of Cognitive and Affect-based Capitalism --
7.3. Outlook.
Series Title: Work and everyday life, v. 19.
Responsibility: Linda M. Mülli.


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