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Creating an identity : choosing self-employment in Montreal

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Creating an identity : choosing self-employment in Montreal

Murray, Kristine (2005) Creating an identity : choosing self-employment in Montreal. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis explores the reason why four Montreal based Internet web designers, who form part of what is considered "Generation X," would reject the notion of working for a corporation. Two of the designers studied owned the company in question, while the other two were employees. It is based on fieldwork conducted over a three-month period, between February 2002 and May 2002. This thesis is based on information gathered through one on-line questionnaire, 16 formal interviews, and observations of day to day activities as well as 11 production meetings. It is framed on the theoretical perspective of self-identity proposed by Anthony Giddens. In chapter one, a history of the anthropology of work is presented, pointing to a gap in studies on the Canadian self-employed workers. In chapter two, multidisciplinary literature on the corporate worker, situating the reader on the Taylorist working conditions is discussed. In chapter three I answer the question "Why become self-employed?" using academic literature on self-employment in Canada, as well as explain how the two business owners studied also answered and acted upon this question. In chapter four I again explore academic literature focusing on creativity. The four web designers studied considered creativity important, and I also explain why. In the final chapter I foresee the future of the Internet company studied, based on my fieldwork and theoretical perspective used in this thesis

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Murray, Kristine
Pagination:vi, 188 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Sociology and Anthropology
Date:2005
Thesis Supervisor(s):Collard, Chantal
ID Code:8818
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:36
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:36
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