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Professional Identities

Policy and Practice in Business and Bureaucracy

Edited by Shirley Ardener and Fiona Moore

224 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-054-0 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (August 2007)

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…the case studies…do, together, speak to methodological issues that are about more than the enrichment of a sub-field…[The volume’s] publication is well timed to pause a pause for thinking about what, analytically, anthropology has to offer amidst the crisis of corporatist failure.  ·  JRAI

In both professional and academic fields, there is increasing interest in the way in which white-collar workers engage with institutions and networks which are complex social constructions. Covering a wide variety of countries and types of organization, this volume examines the diverse ways in which individuals’ ethnic, gender, corporate and professional identities interact. This book brings together fields often viewed in isolation: ethnographies of groups traditionally studied by anthropologists in new organisational contexts, and examinations of the role of identity in corporate life, opening up new perspectives on central areas of contemporary human activity. It will be of great interest to those concerned with practical management of institutions, as well as those of us who find ourselves working within them.

Shirley Ardener, a well-published social anthropologist, is a Senior Associate of Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University. She was the founding director of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women, now the International Gender Studies Centre, of which she remains an active honorary member.

Fiona Moore is a Lecturer in International Human Resource Management at Royal Holloway, University of London, and also a member of the International Gender Studies Centre at Queen Elizabeth House.

Series: Volume 3, Social Identities
Subject: Applied Anthropology Gender Studies
Area: Europe Africa

LC: HD8038.A1 P762 2007

BL: YC.2007.a.16769

BISAC: SOC032000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Gender Studies; SOC002000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/General; SOC019000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Methodology

BIC: JFSJ Gender studies, gender groups; JHM Anthropology




Contents

List of Figures

Preface
Shirley Ardener

Introduction: Bridging Businesses and Bureaucracies
Fiona Moore

Chapter 1. Matters of the Heart: The Business of English Rugby League
Margaret Groeneveld

Chapter 2. When Worlds Collide: British Bureaucracy Meets German Bureaucracy in the Global Finance-scape
Fiona Moore

Chapter 3. Image and Reality in an Israeli ‘Absorption Centre’ for Ethiopian Immigrants
Esther Herzog

Chapter 4. Loyalty and Politics: The Discourses of Liberalisation
Simone Abram

Chapter 5. Identities under Construction: The Case of International Education
Hilary Callan

Chapter 6. Portrait of an Aid Donor: A Profile of DFID
Anne Coles

Chapter 7. Identity Construction in Development Practices: The Government of Ghana, Civil Society, Private Sector and Development Partners
Lindsay Whitfield

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