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Part-time work practicing resistance: The power of counter-arguments

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abstract Contributing to a Foucauldian perspective on ‘discursive resistance’, this paper theorizes how part-time workers struggle to construct a valid position in the rhetorical interplay between norm-strengthening arguments and norm-contesting counterarguments. It is thereby suggested that both the reproductive and the subversive forces of resistance may very well coexist within the everyday manoeuvres of world-making. The analysis of these rhetorical interplays in 21 interviews shows how arguments and counter-arguments produce full-time work as the dominant discourse versus part-time work as a legitimate alternative to it. Analysing in detail the effects of four rhetorical interplays, this study shows that, while two of them leave unchallenged the basic assumptions of the dominant full-time discourse and hence tend instead to reify the dominant discourse, two other interplays succeed in contesting the dominant discourse and establishing part-time work as a valid alternative. The authors argue that the two competing dynamics of challenging and reifying the dominant are not mutually exclusive, but do in fact coexist.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords Part-time work, resistance, discourse, Foucault
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 12-2013
journal British Journal of Management
publisher Wiley-Blackwell (Oxford UK)
ISSN 1045-3172
ISSN (online) 1467-8551
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2012.00828.x
volume of journal 24
number of issue 4
page(s) 557-570
review double-blind review
   
citation Nentwich, J. C., & Hoyer, P. (2013). Part-time work practicing resistance: The power of counter-arguments. British Journal of Management, 24(4), 557-570, DOI:10.1111/j.1467-8551.2012.00828.x.