Title

Blue-Collar Work, Career, and Success: Occupational Narratives of Sisu

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2004

Keywords

blue-collar work, occupational narratives, careers

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1080/0090988042000240167

Abstract

This study examined underground iron ore miners' occupational narratives to uncover how their stories socialize miners into blue-collar careers and reinforce their work identities. Through the root theme of sisu (Finnish for inner determination), underground miners create a status hierarchy that is used to construct a sense of pride around their work and to establish milestones of success for themselves and others in their workgroup. Furthermore, they communicatively construct exemplars that guide their performance and decisions during the unfolding of their work experiences. Their discourses provide alternatives to white-collar conceptualizations and practices of careers and success.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

No

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Journal of Applied Communication Research, v. 32, issue 4, p. 273-292

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