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Authenticity and the Cultural Politics of Work: New Forms of Informal Control

Peter Fleming


Personal authenticity was once a reference point from which critics and labour activists sought to challenge the domination of the corporation. Now it has entered into the parlance of managerial discourse. This book critically investigates the increasing popularity of personal authenticity in corporate ideology and practice. Rather than have workers adhere to depersonalising bureaucratic rules or homogenous cultural norms, many large corporations now invite employees to simply be themselves. Alternative lifestyles, consumption, ethic identity, sexuality, fun, and even dissent are now celebrate ... More

Keywords: authenticity, control, culture, the corporation, the commons, domination, ideology, management, power, workers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199547159
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547159.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Fleming, author
Professor of Organization Theory, Queen Mary College, University of London
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