Language and Work: Categorizations and Significations of Work and Employment
RC30 Sociology of Work
Language: Spanish, French and English
This session is concerned with international comparisons of subjective representations of work and employment in a context of flexibilization of work and in structural violence exercised within the labour market in many countries of the world. These representations are approached in this session through language (discourses and speech acts).
Boundaries between working and living places and times may be blurred by new working organizations and news working tools (including digital tools and new technologies) in a capitalist globalization which increases inequalities. Current forms of employments, including atypical statuses for workers, invite to investigate how this may change (or not) what “working” means in its regional diversity.
Do subjective representations of work lead to categorize a given activity as work while it was not the case previously? How is this interrelated with subjective representations of work and employment? How do stakeholders communicate about these representations and which is the relation between them?
Discussing sociological investigations of language, contributions will shed light on analyses of individual and collective practices and subjective representations of work and employment by workers, unions, businesses and/or employment system.
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