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Title: Identity threats, identity work, and elite professionals
Authors: Coupland, Christine
Brown, Andrew D.
Keywords: Discourse
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications (© the authors)
Citation: COUPLAND, C. and BROWN, A.D., 2015. Identity threats, identity work, and elite professionals. Organization Studies, 36(10), pp.1315-1336.
Abstract: Elite professionals opportunistically employ threats to their work identities to author preferred selves. Predicated on understandings that identities are subjectively available to people as in-progress narratives, and that these are often insecure fabrications, we investigate the identity work of members of a UK-based professional Rugby League club. The research contribution we make is to demonstrate that professionals use identity threats as flexible resources for working on favoured identities. We show that rugby players authored identity threats centred on the shortness of their careers, injury, and performance, and how these were appropriated (made their own) by men to develop desired occupational and masculine identities. In so doing, we also contribute to debates on how professionals’ identity discourse is an expression of agency framed within relations of power.
Description: This paper was accepted in the journal Organization Studies [© Sage] and the definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840615593594
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0170840615593594
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18149
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840615593594
ISSN: 1741-3044
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