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'Moving to stay in the same place? Academics and theatrical artists as exemplars of the 'mobile middle

Loacker, B and Sliwa, M (2016) ''Moving to stay in the same place? Academics and theatrical artists as exemplars of the 'mobile middle.' Organization, 23 (5). pp. 657-679. ISSN 1350-5084

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This article provides insights into mobility in the context of geographical, economic, professional, temporal and imaginary movements of academics and theatrical artists. It explores how these dimensions of mobility intersect in the narratives of academics and theatrical artists, thereby producing a position ?in between? choice and necessity, and privilege and disadvantage with regard to movement. The analysis shows how both academics and theatrical artists engage in mobility to secure, maintain or improve their professional and economic position. On this basis, we suggest that they are part of an emerging category of professionals: the ?mobile middle?, for whom mobility is a crucial part and principle of life. We argue that the phenomenon of the ?mobile middle? and mobility in general have wide-ranging implications for our understanding of contemporary careers, work and life organisation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academics; careers; mobile middle; mobility dimensions; theatrical artists; work and life organisation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD58.7 Organizational behavior, change and effectiveness. Corporate culture
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2016 09:11
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 12:12

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