The consumption of work: representations and interpretations of the meaning of work at a UK university

Chertkovskaya, Ekaterina and Korczynski, Marek and Taylor, Scott (2017) The consumption of work: representations and interpretations of the meaning of work at a UK university. Organization . ISSN 1461-7323

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Abstract

This paper focuses on representations of the nexus of work, meaning and consumption as experienced by university students. We develop an empirically based argument that the meaning of work is being constructed as an object of consumption on a British university campus. We suggest that this indicates two key changes in representations of the meaning of work. First, there is a significant shift in the social construction of orientations to work towards what we term ‘consumption of work’. Second, we argue that this new social construction is made up of three dimensions: consumption of an idealised image of work, consumption through specific work processes and consumption of self-development opportunities at work. We conclude by suggesting ways in which this argument could be researched further.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Consumption, Work, Meaning, Employer branding, University
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > Nottingham University Business School
Identification Number: 10.1177/1350508417734056
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2017 12:29
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 04:04
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/46478

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