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Subjectivity and the Labour Process: Conceptualising 'Good Work'


Ezzy, D, Subjectivity and the Labour Process: Conceptualising 'Good Work', Sociology, 31, (3) pp. 427-444. ISSN 0038-0385 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/0038038597031003004


Two central unresolved problems in labour process theory are the disjuncture between structure and agency and the problem of what constitutes `good' work. This paper argues that a hermeneutic conception of the self as constructed through narrative provides a resolution to these two issues. Hermeneutics conceptualises the self as neither a solitary entity impervious to the influence of others, nor as a mere reflection of objective structures or `discourses of power'. Rather, in the process of self-interpretation a person uses socially learnt cultural discourses to construct and reconstruct a coherent sense of narrative-identity. Substantive illustrations are drawn from labour process theory, recent developments in management theory, and some more general studies of the meaning of working.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Social structure and health
UTAS Author:Ezzy, D (Professor Douglas Ezzy)
ID Code:70937
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:53
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2011-07-05
Last Modified:2011-07-06

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