For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

"Cultural Discourses and Discursive Resources for Meaning/ful Work: Constructing and Disrupting Identities in Contemporary Capitalism"

by Kuhn, Timothy; Golden, Annis G; Jorgenson, Jane; Buzzanell, Patrice M; Berkelaar, Brenda L; Kisselburgh, Lorraine G; Kleinman, Sharon; Cruz, Disraelly (2008)


In their landmark The New Spirit of Capitalism, Boltanski and Chiapello (2005) show how, over time, capitalism has generated differing ideologies, or “spirits,” to justify the system's existence. To defend capitalism against criticisms of its harms for individuals, its present version frames work as a key source of personal meaningfulness and identity creation. Tracing the contours of this capitalist spirit, Boltanski and Chiapello show that finding meaning in work increasingly requires that people blur distinctions between private and …

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Meaningful Work, Meaning Of Work, Well-Being, Psychology, Happiness, Culture, Discourse, Identity, Capitalism


Meaningful Work

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