Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

Dirty work as seriality

Jensen, Tommy Sandström, Johan

Stockholm University, Sweden | Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

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The literature on dirty work has traditionally zoomed in on workplace studies of occupational groups stigmatized by some parts of society. In this paper the bias is challenged and extended with the aid of Iris Marion Young’s appropriation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s concept of seriality and an empirical study of workers with non-stigmatized occupations in stigmatized work contexts (arms and pornography). The study shows that the workers have to be constantly ready to deal with work-related dirt in their identity work and to do this without any means of support, development of a language or resistance to the transfer of dirt.


Czasopismo Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry 
Tom 14 
Numer 3 
Data wydania 2016 
Typ Article 
Język en
Paginacja 99-112
ISSN 1532-5555