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    Struggles for distinction: classing as discursive process in UK museum work

    Evans, Samantha and Whiting, Rebecca and MacKenzie-Davey, Kate (2020) Struggles for distinction: classing as discursive process in UK museum work. Gender, Work & Organization , ISSN 0968-6673. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    This paper responds to calls from critical diversity scholars to explore class in context, arguing for a view of classing as a discursive process and adopting Bourdieu’s concept of field as a site of discursive struggle. Analysing interview, web and focus-group data, we address this in the field of UK museum work. We contextualise the field’s dynamic nature, highlighting its state of flux and explore three discourses: Distinguishing the field; Disavowing the market; and Gaining recognition through which it is constituted, and classing practiced. Discursive strategies of reinforcing, reframing and re-valorising were deployed by participants to legitimate their own and other positions in the field. We show how classing is a core process constituting an occupational field, how museum workers are entrapped by and complicit in this process and conclude with wider implications for understandings of class, classed inequality and diversity.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): class, diversity, inequality, museums, Bourdieu, capital, discourse
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Rebecca Whiting
    Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2020 09:27
    Last Modified: 10 Jul 2020 10:19
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/30627

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