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Authenticity and the Cultural Politics of WorkNew Forms of Informal Control$
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Peter Fleming

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547159

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547159.001.0001

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Conclusion: Authenticity and the Joy of Non‐work

Conclusion: Authenticity and the Joy of Non‐work

(p.157) Conclusion: Authenticity and the Joy of Non‐work
Authenticity and the Cultural Politics of Work

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This concluding chapter draws together all of the treads and makes some final statements about the politics of authenticity in contemporary organizations. The analysis is especially indebted to the Italian autonomist ideas around non-work and the commons. If the non-commodifed commons is the inspiration for the ‘just be yourself’ managerial ideology, then a fuller authenticity might be best enjoyed when non-work becomes the central guiding norm of collective relations. Authenticity is not a relief from the toil of labour but a way of transplanting an alternative social universe in its place. This chapter argues that authenticity only seems important when it is absent — if the commons moved from its position of negativity and enjoyed a plush positivity, then perhaps the quest for personal authenticity at work would become obsolete. The implications of this conclusion are analysed in some detail before some final statement about the significance of the ‘just be yourself’ management approach are made.

Keywords:   authenticity, autonomism, the commons, capitalism, the corporation, non-work

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