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The end of 'careers', Humour at work

Laurie Taylor explores personal identity in an era of uncertain working lives and looks at how humour helps employees cope with change.

Identity and work: Laurie Taylor explores selfhood in an era in which our working lives are becoming increasingly uncertain. He talks to Jesse Potter, lecturer in Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University and author of a new study which interviewed people who'd undergone profound work-life changes. How do individuals achieve meaning and fulfilment when their productive lives fail to satisfy? Also, Paula Jarzabkowski, Professor of Strategic Management at City University London considers how employees use humour to cope with paradox and change.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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28 minutes


Paula Jarzabkowski at City University, London

Jesse Potter at the London School of Economics and Political Science



Jesse Potter, Crisis at Work: Identity and the End of Career, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)


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