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Everyday learning in a public sector workplace: the embodiment of managerial discourses

Harman, Kerry (2012) Everyday learning in a public sector workplace: the embodiment of managerial discourses. Management Learning , ISSN 1350-5076.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350507611427232

Abstract

This article uses a Foucauldian conceptualization of processes of subjectification to examine the everyday learning of a manager in and through their talk about work. A Foucauldian poststructuralist approach draws attention to the discursive mechanisms whereby people are turned into and turn themselves into subjects. This process is theorized by Foucault as the interplay of technologies of power with technologies of the self (Rose, 1996, 1999a). This perspective provides an account of subjectivity as integrally interrelated with power and knowledge, thereby challenging a prevailing view in much of the organizational learning and workplace learning literature of subjectivity as autonomous and essential. A Foucauldian perspective enables power to be introduced into accounts of everyday learning at work but in a way that avoids reproducing a top-down and monolithic view of power. Importantly, it provides the analytic space for re-presenting workplace learners as active in the ongoing negotiation of identity, rather than only acted on by top down forces.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): discourse, embodiment, power, worker identities, workplace learning
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
Depositing User: Sarah Hall
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2012 10:12
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:25
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5260

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