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Published: 17 December 2012

224 Pages | 3 Illustrations, black & white

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719085222

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Telling tales

Work, narrative and identity in a market age

Angela Lait

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Lait's broad-ranging, inter-disciplinary approach provides an entirely new understanding about corporate conceptions of identity and the value of work and why these connect to the recent rising interest in autobiography
  • This is the only book that explores the ways in which identities are constructed within organisations and are resisted and challenged by other forms of writing (autobiography, gardening, cookery etc
  • Praised by Professor Richard Sennett who said that Lait has proved "an argument about work and narrative which is intellectually incisive and makes an important, inter-disciplinary contribution"
  • This imaginative and provocative thesis is highly relevant to worker participation issues, which could become the focus of training and discussion in both business schools and the public sector
  • This is a fascinating analysis of late-capitalist socio-economic structures and their impact on an individual's autonomy, identity and subjectivity, which provides a timely comment on the pressures of modern day work

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