• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Impact of Work-Based on our Identity

Extracts from this document...


The Impact of Work-Based on our Identity In all modern societies, work fills a basic and central role in human life. The centrality of work is demonstrated by the personal responsibility individuals assume for their work, the amount of time they devote to it, and the significance it has within the general context of their lives. Work has important social and economic implications as well, on both an organizational and general social level. Identities within society have been determined largely by the work that people do. It has a major part to play in shaping our sense of self and affects how we see ourselves and how others see us. It's formatted by large number of influencing factors, like which are interpellated and which we make a conscious decision to choose or exclude. We all know the first question asked in many situations of primary social encounter: 'What do you do?' by which we really mean 'What is your job?. ' we do not answer with our hobby, or with our religious identity, but with all the certainty in the world with our occupation: 'skilled worker for '. ...read more.


He did not think that he will be unemployed on day and he will lose it. And now, after all this years and after closing the mine, he talk about his feeling of uncertainty for the future, and he feel sad about losing his job, identity and the symbol that relate to his job. He say that he lose his powerful identity, he mean "collective identity" which can be found among workers whose lives are closely bound up with their involved in coal mining. this changes in the economy lead to considerable anxiety among white working class men. In other hand, developing industrial country is a major reason for increasing levels and number of service and employers that is largely part-time , such as "call center" , Which connects large computer and telephones together. We can find more that hundred of employers work there with different job titles and careers , like direct seller, customer services, managers and others. It's described as white collar factories as the workload is constantly monitored and performance related pay is often used as an incentive. ...read more.


For example, the ability to purchase expensive ca and material goods such as cars from being in a well paid job will create an identity of a middle class citizen compared to coal miner wage on which limited items can be purchased. Consumption preferences and abilities are highly symbolic markers of status and dividers in social class. Some sociologists have argued that consumption has replaced class and that this now is the key factor in the structure of social division and identity. We can conclude that income, socialisation in the workplace, unemployment and social class. It is evident that work is a contributory factory in influencing and creating identities. Also identities which are created by work are not unfixed, it can change by economic changes. Change of work from collective community base to individual to and material one would be clear today . Like what "call centers" employers do, they don't identify with their work, they define themselves by what they are spending and what they have. There is also an evident link between income and person, people's behaviors in the way which identity is created. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Sociology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Sociology essays

  1. Is identity given to us or do we create our own?

    Socialisation is essential for the process of becoming human and fitting into society. Many sociologists believe that our identities are formed through the characteristic norms and values of cultures and societies that we belong to and socialise in. These characteristics are important sources of our identity and according to many

  2. classifications and social identity What have you learnt thus far about your identity and/or ...

    We classify and identify ourselves through categories such as religion, race, gender and age. We use classifications in terms of the way we dress. Certain dress styles and music are related to certain groups in society. For example, we relate people wearing veils to them being of a certain religion

  1. Prostitution in South East Asia and its effect on Female Identity.

    To clarify and to give an example; when a group of prostitutes managed to escape from a brothel in Thailand earlier this year, they were reportedly caught by the police in Burma, lock up, assaulted and raped, and then released.

  2. Theory and Practice of Work with Young People

    he says that power is the 'production of intended effects' (in Jeffs & Smith, 1990:5), we could be accused of wielding power in order to create the sorts of communities and relationships in which people can be happy and fulfilled' (Smith, 2001, www.infed.org/i-intro.htm), according to our own philosophies, beliefs and

  1. Explore conflicting accounts of Jewish Identity in

    It seems that Barbara is uncertain as to how to categorise herself due to all the different opinions which have been pressed upon her by external influences, one of the strongest of these influences being her family. The Gentile side of Barbara's family seem to find it very difficult to

  2. How important is the relation between a person's occupation and his or her identity?

    At this stage in development a childs identity is Christopher Neill Y312545X 'essentialist' in that it is heavily stereotyped with no grey areas as a child searches for certainty in his or her identity. Indeed, v Biology, strangely enough, is a factor that comes into play later in child development.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work