Nomadic Work as Life Story Plot

Prof. Barbara Czarniawska (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

Room: CSG-001, University of Limerick 15:00 :: 10th October 2011

Abstract: Interviews aimed at a reconstruction of working life-stories of "digital immigrants" and "digital natives" revealed that, unsurprisingly, such stories are emplotted with aid of existing repertoires. What is interesting, though is that "nomadic plots" can be borrowed from opposite political repertoires, and that they cease serving as effective interpretative templates in the face of changing circumstances, such as the financial crisis. A focus group consisting of alleged "nomads" indicated that the choice of such life plot is related to such matter as family circumstances and political situation in the early childhood, as well as a gender-mitigated present family situation.

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