Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 4 2000, page 61-74.
Employee identity in ‘temporary and scattered’ work practices
Ann Westenholz og David Metz
The purpose of this paper is to invite to a discussion about how we study the social construction of identities, when people participate in ‘temporary and scattered’ work practices. The authors argue that the development of employee identity and participation in Danish working life are complex processes, from which three different institutionalized modes of ordering have emerged at different times in the twentieth century, that is orderings of collective bargain, codetermination and comanagement. It is assumed that when the dominant mode of the ordering in working life is changing it is the identities of these institutions – especially corporations and unions – which are placed in a position of uncertainty. The authors are interested in understanding theoretically, how this order is produced in new configurations of temporary and scattered work practices. In what ways are representations constructed in terms of identities and situations that enable participants to coordinate activities in ways that (temporarily) make sense to them as collectives or individuals? Theoretically, the article argues a relational position and draw on theories such as communities of practice, knot-working and actor-network.