ABSTRACT

The technological and organizational changes currently occurring in work are co-constitutive of new discourses of production that affect the discursive formation of individual selves and the character of the generalized self in the post-industrial interregnum. In this chapter I explore discursive processes of work and their shaping of industrial selves. Work is an educational site in which pedagogical and learning practices have always taken place. Sociologists of education recognized in the 1960s and 1970s that education practices contain both manifest and hidden curricula. The discursive practices of work, like other educational practices, similarly contain manifest and hidden curricula that are practiced simultaneously with the material practices of work. The discussion in this chapter is particularly concerned with what I call the “hidden curriculum” of work, by which I am referring to multi-level communicational practices - overt and covert, formal and informal, conscious and unconscious - which shape the everyday contexts and experiences of work, and the self at work.