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An understanding of identity is fundamental to a complete understanding of organizational life.While conventional management textbooks nod to in-groups, cohesion and discrimination, this text offers instead a deeper, more nuanced understanding of why people, groups and organizations behave the way they do. With conceptions of identity perhaps less stable than they have ever been, the authors make complex theoretical issues accessible to the reader through the use of lively examples from popular culture. The authors present an overview of the key issues, as well as an examination of cutting-edge research and topical forces currently re-defining identity, such as globalisation, the fair trade movement and online identities.

This text is a succinct, relevant and exciting overview of the field of identity studies as it relates to business and management and applied social sciences, an is an invaluable resource to undergraduate and postgraduate students of management on any course that has an identity component.

Occupational Identities
Occupational identities
Introduction

One of the first things that people in modern societies tend to ask strangers in a social situation, such as a party or a business function, is: ‘What do you do?’ The job that we do – or perhaps even the fact that we are not in paid employment – is one of the most defining aspects of our identities. In other words, what we do is intimately linked to who we think we are, or at least what we believe to be helpful in learning about strangers. In this chapter we will explore how occupations are related to our sense of identity, and what that means for how work is experienced, organized and managed.

In this chapter, we first explore how the ...

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