Public Relations People
Field of study
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sociology
Work
Economy and Organizations
Public Relations People
Public Relations People Occupational culture and the search for profitable sense
Paul Elmer
Field of study
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sociology
Work
Economy and Organizations
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This book develops a sociological understanding of public relations work and workers. Its original contribution to knowledge is an account that conjoins personal dispositions and occupations; the person we become, and the work we do. Set in the UK, the analysis re-examines the complexity of practices, relationships and repertoires of behaviour that emerge from this contemporary form of service labour, and the economic and cultural logics that accompany them in a market for skills and persons.

The study develops detailed information at the level of the working life in order to explore the subjective dispositions that subjects engage as they work. This emphasises the importance of habituated, embodied and emotional routines in performances of the occupational self, evaluated in part through an auto-ethnographic engagement. These practices take place under a labour market within which occupational performances accrue both symbolic and economic values. Public relations emerges as a limited extemporisation, a dynamic and relational social performance that both enacts and reproduces cultural and economic forms; a style of person doing a style of work.

Within a study that is pluralised with regard to analysis and exploratory with regard to method, Bourdieu’s concepts of habitus, field and capitals are adopted as an explanatory framework in order to provide accounts of the ways that practitioners embody their labour, experience it as a competed act, and exchange cultural values for economic ones. The study engages reflexively with the object of study, offering to account for practices and develop experiential and observational knowledge. The conceptual model that emerges is integrative; it offers a relational and dynamic view of the occupation, provides direction for future study, and re-interprets practices in ways in ways that illuminate the long standing question of conduct, in this form of cultural labour.

ISBN 978-1-5342-0404-1
Imprint Glasstree Academic Publishing
DOI 10.20850/9781534204041
Copyright 2018, Dr Paul Elmer
Copyright License Standard Copyright License
Product Details 5.5 x 8.5 Standard Mono Matte Perfect Bound
Page Count 423 pages
Type of Publication Dissertation or thesis
Keywords public relations, work, sociology, cultural labour, bourdieu, autoethnography, britain, united kingdom, cultural, labour, occupational behaviour
Audience Scholarly
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