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

Chertkovskaya, Ekaterina; Korczynski, Marek; Taylor, Scott

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Ekaterina Chertkovskaya

Marek Korczynski

Scott Taylor



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.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Organization
Print ISSN 1350-5084
Electronic ISSN 1461-7323
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Chertkovskaya, E., Korczynski, M., & Taylor, S. (in press). The consumption of work: Representations and interpretations of the meaning of work at a UK university. Organization, doi:10.1177/1350508417734056
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1350508417734056
Keywords Consumption, Work, Meaning, Employer branding, University
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1350508417734056
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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