Our article is based on interviews with 20 self-declared environmentally conscious individuals, and by drawing on theories of performativity (Judith Butler), we have studied the ways in which questions of work and working life are negotiated within the formation of green selves (identities). We believe that our findings are relevant for understanding how environmental concerns generate reflections on contemporary ways to organize work, as well as alternative understandings of work. We have identified four different ways of performing greenness at work, each revealing different ways of criticizing neoliberalised work and revealing its inherent tensions. These different performances are based on partly competing and partly overlapping meanings of work, and consist of various tactics for re-organizing work to match one’s values (re-organizing for creating and enacting an environmental working self.) We claim that these ways of performing greenness at work reveal not only existing alternative meanings and practices of work which could be promoted, but also inform us about potential built-in tensions in the contemporary neo-liberal organization of work. These could be used to articulate and design post-capitalist degrowth work politics and practices.
|Title of host publication||5th International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity, in Budapest 2016|
|Place of Publication||Budapest|
|Publisher||Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem|
|Publication status||Published - 02.09.2016|
|MoE publication type||A4 Article in conference proceedings|
|Event||5th International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity, in Budapest 2016 - Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary|
Duration: 30.08.2016 → 03.09.2016
Conference number: 5th
- 999 Others
- working life
- organising alternatives
- ecological sustainability
Taipale, T., & Wilén, K. B. (2016). Environmental selves and alternative meanings of work. In 5th International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity, in Budapest 2016 Budapest: Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem.