ABSTRACT

I set out in this book to address two primary questions. The first is an exploration of the effects of the discursive practices of post-industrial work on self-constituting processes. My intention, in approaching the new work as a discursive or symbolic practice, is to emphasize a shift away from the fixation with the materiality of work in industrial societies and in typical industrial studies. It is not my intention to privilege discourse over the materiality of production, but rather to illuminate communicational practices in work, especially the practices of the “new” deliberately designed culture and new organizational forms of the post-industrial corporation, and to demonstrate their increasing importance in shaping employees through their experiences of work. I have endeavored to describe and analyze these practices and to discern their patterning of working selves in corporate, advanced technological conditions.