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dc.contributor.authorBeech, Nic
dc.contributor.authorGilmore, Charlotte Louise
dc.contributor.authorHibbert, Paul Charles
dc.contributor.authorYbema, Sierk
dc.identifier.citationBeech , N , Gilmore , C L , Hibbert , P C & Ybema , S 2016 , ' Identity-in-the-work and musicians’ struggles : the production of self-questioning identity work ' , Work, Employment and Society , vol. 30 , no. 3 , pp. 506-522 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 242360001
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84968779583
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-2691-2556/work/64239376
dc.descriptionThis article is based on data from a research study financially supported by the ESRC [RES-331-27-0065].en
dc.description.abstractIdentity work is widely regarded as a process through which people strive to establish, maintain or restore a coherent and consistent sense of self. In the face of potential disruptions of, or threats to, their identities, people seek to salvage their sense of self by resolving tensions and restoring consistency. In contrast to the current identity work literature, this research indicates that identity work is not always about seeking resolution and moving on, but sometimes about continuing struggles which do not achieve a secure sense of self. This paper seeks to elaborate the understanding of unresolved identity work by exploring three contexts of the everyday practice of indie musicians. An analysis of how they struggle to construct acceptable versions of their selves as songwriter, bandleader and front(wo)man allows us to develop the conceptualization of self-questioning (as opposed to self-affirmative, resolution-oriented) identity work.
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dc.rightsCopyright © 2016, the Author(s). This work is made available online in accordance with the publisher’s policies. This is the author created, accepted version manuscript following peer review and may differ slightly from the final published version. The final published version of this work is available at
dc.subjectCreative industriesen
dc.subjectIdentity worken
dc.subjectHD28 Management. Industrial Managementen
dc.titleIdentity-in-the-work and musicians’ struggles : the production of self-questioning identity worken
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Managementen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Office of the Principalen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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