The meanings of work according to technicians with secondary education

Based on a research focusing on two generations of technicians with secondary education, we sought to understand the dialogues that this segment of workers establishes with the world of work in late modernity. We here discuss the meanings they attribute to work in a context of productive restructuring. How is such process felt by this group of qualified workers? How do they perceive the activities they perform in their companies? To what extent are they "co-opted" by employer discourses? Which conditions do they claim to establish a positive relationship to work? In what kind of social relationships do they live at work and how do they analyze them? This study intends to contribute to a reflection on the training processes of workers, be they educational or not, by pointing out the topics the very workers highlighted as crucial in their experience and which, therefore, deserve analysis during their training.

Qualified workers; Representations; Meanings


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