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"Selling themselves": conceptualising key features of freelance work experience

Hoedemaekers, Casper (2020) '"Selling themselves": conceptualising key features of freelance work experience.' Culture and Organization. ISSN 1024-5286

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Abstract

Existing research on freelance workers has highlighted its distinctiveness in terms of vocation, precariousness, work-life boundaries, professional autonomy and co-working. However, there is a need to better understand the lived experience of freelance working and its impact on practitioners compared to traditional employment. Using Arendt’s (1958) conceptualisation of human activities, I analyse a case study of freelancers through notions of work, labour and action in order to conceptualise distinctive features of freelance work experience. This analysis brings into focus how freelance workers manufacture social arrangements and represent their output and work persona within their respective marketplace, whilst involved in and reliant on non-instrumental forms of sociality. Arendt’s concepts make it possible to conceptualise tensions and contradictions within the underlying ends of everyday freelance activities, and how this affects freelancers on an experiential level.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Freelance, precarious work, Arendt, self, sociality
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2020 11:26
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2020 11:26
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28939

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