Working to live, not living to work: Work, leisure and youth identity among call centre workers in North East England

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/315369
Title:
Working to live, not living to work: Work, leisure and youth identity among call centre workers in North East England
Authors:
Lloyd, A. (Anthony)
Affiliation:
Teesside University. School of Social Sciences and Law. Social Futures Institute.
Publisher:
Sage
Journal:
Current Sociology
Issue Date:
Sep-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/315369
DOI:
10.1177/0011392112445623
Additional Links:
http://csi.sagepub.com/cgi/doi/10.1177/0011392112445623
Abstract:
Recent debate has questioned the centrality of work in everyday life. Using evidence drawn from participant observation in a call centre and interviews with young call centre workers, this article suggests that, in locales characterized by insecure labour markets dominated by low-paid service sector jobs, work no longer serves to define individual identity. When the idea of a job for life disappears and fragmented work careers become normal, individuals look beyond their working life to frame their identity and attach meaning and significance to their existence. Analysis of the data provides an opportunity to critically explore Bourdieu’s concept of habitus; the notion of a working-class habitus must be re-examined in the face of a postmodern culture thoroughly attuned to the principles of consumer capitalism and neoliberal ideology. What constitutes a ‘new’ working-class habitus when work, typified here by call centre work, fails to impact on identity formation?
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0011-3921; 1461-7064
Rights:
Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo [Accessed 04/04/2014]

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorLloyd, A. (Anthony)en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-04-04T14:20:16Z-
dc.date.available2014-04-04T14:20:16Z-
dc.date.issued2012-09-
dc.identifier.citationCurrent Sociology: 60 (5): 619-635en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0011-3921-
dc.identifier.issn1461-7064-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0011392112445623-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/315369-
dc.description.abstractRecent debate has questioned the centrality of work in everyday life. Using evidence drawn from participant observation in a call centre and interviews with young call centre workers, this article suggests that, in locales characterized by insecure labour markets dominated by low-paid service sector jobs, work no longer serves to define individual identity. When the idea of a job for life disappears and fragmented work careers become normal, individuals look beyond their working life to frame their identity and attach meaning and significance to their existence. Analysis of the data provides an opportunity to critically explore Bourdieu’s concept of habitus; the notion of a working-class habitus must be re-examined in the face of a postmodern culture thoroughly attuned to the principles of consumer capitalism and neoliberal ideology. What constitutes a ‘new’ working-class habitus when work, typified here by call centre work, fails to impact on identity formation?en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSageen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://csi.sagepub.com/cgi/doi/10.1177/0011392112445623en_GB
dc.rightsAuthor can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo [Accessed 04/04/2014]en_GB
dc.titleWorking to live, not living to work: Work, leisure and youth identity among call centre workers in North East Englanden
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentTeesside University. School of Social Sciences and Law. Social Futures Institute.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalCurrent Sociologyen_GB
cr.approval.ethicalLloyd, A. (2012) 'Working to live, not living to work: Work, leisure and youth identity among call centre workers in North East England' Current Sociology: 60 (5): 619-635-
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