L'Identité au travail
Les effets culturels de l'organisation
The cultural effects of organisation
Life at work is just as important for the construction of individuals as their social belonging or education. From the 1970s, Renaud Sainsaulieu revolutionized French sociology of organizations by shedding light on the fundamental cultural effect of professional activity.
In order to experience the construction of his own identity in the workplace, the author became a factory worker. This book recounts his experience, and then, combining sociology and psychology, distinguishes different workplace cultures – negotiation, withdrawal, affinities, fusion, etc. – to demonstrate that organizations are places in which people learn to be and to define themselves.
Conducted at a key moment in the tertiarization of the economy, the renewal of management structures, and the widespread arrival of women into office positions, the analysis extends well beyond the factory floor. As Norbert Alter writes in his preface to this fourth edition, the workplace is a "site for socialization that is central to the contemporary world and as a result has a social responsibility".