Work restructuring and changing craft identity: the Tale of the Disaffected Weavers (or what happens when the rug is pulled from under your feet).

Sayce, S., Ackers, P. and Greene, A.M., 2007. Work restructuring and changing craft identity: the Tale of the Disaffected Weavers (or what happens when the rug is pulled from under your feet). Work Employment and Society, 21 (1), pp. 85-101.

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Official URL: http://wes.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/21/1/8...

DOI: 10.1177/0950017007073618

Abstract

This article explores the changes in worker identity that can occur during manufacturing restructuring – specifically those linked to the declining status of craft work – through an in-depth case study of Weaveco, a UK carpet manufacturer. An analysis of changes in the labour process is followed by employee reactions centred on the demise of the traditional craft identity of male carpet weavers. The voices of the weavers dramatize the tensions involved in reconstructing their masculine identity, and we consider the implications this has for understanding gendered work relations.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0950-0170
Uncontrolled Keywords:Carpet weavers Craft work Gender Identity Masculinity
Subjects:Technology > Business, Management and Marketing
Group:Business School > Centre for Research in Management
ID Code:810
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:05 Apr 2007
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 14:35

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