Talk of work: transatlantic divergences in justifications for hard work among French, Norwegian, and American professionals

  title={Talk of work: transatlantic divergences in justifications for hard work among French, Norwegian, and American professionals},
  author={J. Schulz},
  journal={Theory and Society},
  • J. Schulz
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • Theory and Society
This article approaches work talk, a neglected but vital object of sociological inquiry, as a possible key to unlocking the mystery of the contemporary work ethic as it appears among male professionals living and working in the United States and Western Europe. This analytical task is carried out through a close examination of the contrasting rhetorics, scripts, and vocabularies anchoring French, Norwegian, and American forms of hard work talk. This comparative exercise capitalizes on material… Expand

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