Language and Work: Categorizations and Significations of Work and Employment

Saturday, 21 July 2018: 14:30-16:20
RC25 Language and Society (host committee)
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.

Session Organizers:
Stephanie CASSILDE, Centre d'Etudes en Habitat Durable, Belgium and Adeline GILSON, University of Tours, France
Oral Presentations
And then She Said “I Must Not Forget It’s a Job”
Laurence HAMEL-ROY, Université de Montréal, Canada
What Do Workers’ Deserve? Depictions of Wages in Canadian Newspaper Editorials
Ellen RUSSELL, wilfrid laurier university, Canada; Brittainy BONNIS, Queen's, Canada
Conceptualizing and Measuring Occupational Language Skills
Amado ALARCON ALARCON, Universidad Rovira i Virgili, Spain; Josep UBALDE BUENAFUENTE, URV-Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain