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dc.contributor.authorValenzuela, Francisco
dc.contributor.authorManolchev, Constantine
dc.contributor.authorBöhm, Steffen
dc.contributor.authorAgar, Celal Cahit
dc.identifier.citationValenzuela , F , Manolchev , C , Böhm , S & Agar , C C 2023 , ' Working through (mis)recognition : understanding vulnerability as ambivalence in precarious worker subjectivity ' , Human Relations , vol. OnlineFirst .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 293708942
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-6785-1457/work/142063391
dc.description.abstractMost workers around the world are part of the precariat, characterized by non-permanent, informal, short-term, low-pay, low-skill, and insecure jobs. While there have been many socio-economic critiques of the negative impacts of precarity on workers, the literature has increasingly asked how precarious workers actually live their lives and how their subjectivities are produced on a daily basis. We contribute to this literature by providing a psychosocial account of the ambivalent experiences of precarious workers. We contend that the interplay of recognition and misrecognition plays a crucial role, as the vulnerable, working subject becomes entangled in a complex web of recognizability. We present insights from 104 in-depth interviews, providing a Lacanian analysis of how precarious workers develop unconscious attachments to neoliberal values that are central to the logic of precarity. Understanding this ambivalence helps us develop a more nuanced view of an ethics of precarious workers’ vulnerability.
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dc.subjectHD28 Management. Industrial Managementen
dc.subjectArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)en
dc.subjectManagement of Technology and Innovationen
dc.subjectStrategy and Managementen
dc.subjectSocial Sciences(all)en
dc.titleWorking through (mis)recognition : understanding vulnerability as ambivalence in precarious worker subjectivityen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Managementen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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