Authenticity at Work: Questioning the New Spirit of Capitalism from a Micro-sociological Perspective

Susanne Ekman

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Abstract

This chapter draws on ethnographic material from creative knowledge work organizations to illustrate the contradictory effects of the ‘connexionist logic’ which are not captured by the text analysis in The New Spirit of Capitalism (NSC). Mainly, the chapter focuses on Boltanski & Chiapello's claim that NSC generates increased worker vulnerability due to commodification of ‘authenticity’and due to the coexistence of increased autonomy and increased control. Using micro-sociological data, this chapter nuances the claim by showing how the very same trends also increase worker influence and heighten manager vulnerability. It also shows how NSC generates a complex blurring of exploitation and self-realization, and of success and vulnerability, which calls for more contradictory analyses.


OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelNew Spirits of Capitalism : Crises, Justifications, and Dynamics
RedaktørerPaul du Gay, Glenn Morgan
UdgivelsesstedOxford
ForlagOxford University Press
Publikationsdato2013
Sider294-315
Kapitel13
ISBN (Trykt)9780199595341
ISBN (Elektronisk)9780191750755
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2013

Emneord

  • Connexionist logic
  • Authenticity
  • Ethnography
  • Creative knowledge work
  • Exploitation
  • Self-realization

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