Part-time Work and Discursive Resistance and Foucault and Stuff

24 April 2012 at 2:22 am 3 comments

| Lasse Lien |

I both challenge and reify this:

Contributing to a Foucauldian perspective on ‘discursive resistance’, this paper theorizes how part-time workers struggle to construct a valid position in the rhetorical interplay between norm-strengthening arguments and norm-contesting counter-arguments. It is thereby suggested that both the reproductive and the subversive forces of resistance may very well coexist within the everyday manoeuvres of world-making. The analysis of these rhetorical interplays in 21 interviews shows how arguments and counter-arguments produce full-time work as the dominant discourse versus part-time work as a legitimate alternative to it. Analysing in detail the effects of four rhetorical interplays, this study shows that, while two of them leave unchallenged the basic assumptions of the dominant full-time discourse and hence tend instead to reify the dominant discourse, two other interplays succeed in contesting the dominant discourse and establishing part-time work as a valid alternative. The authors argue that the two competing dynamics of challenging and reifying the dominant are not mutually exclusive, but do in fact coexist.

Nentwich, J. and Hoyer, P. (2012), “Part-time Work as Practising Resistance: The Power of Counter-arguments.” British Journal of Management, forthcoming.

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  • 1. Rafe Champion  |  24 April 2012 at 2:44 am

    The competing dynamics of wonder and disbelief coexist in my response to this information. However the result cannot be considered conclusive until the other seventeen interplays are analysed. Can we anticipate several more papers to complete the project?

  • 2. Randy  |  24 April 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Lasse, every year you seem to find one of these impenetrable pomo-babble articles to share. Are you cursed by spiteful gods?

  • 3. Lasse  |  24 April 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks Randy, actually Its more like an unsacred calling

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