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Type: Journal article
Title: The concept of occupational community revisited: analytical and managerial implications in face-to-face service occupations
Author: Sandiford, P.
Seymour, D.
Citation: Work Employment and Society, 2007; 21(2):209-226
Publisher: British Sociological Assoc
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0950-0170
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Peter Sandiford, Diane Seymour
Abstract: This article explores the concept of occupational community in an attempt to discover whether it provides a useful analytical tool for understanding work experience in face-to-face service occupations.The conceptual components of occupational community are identified and discussed and then applied to data gathered from an ethnographic study of workers in the UK public house sector.We argue that there are strong grounds for accepting that an occupational community does develop in this sector and plays a crucial role in determining the work experience of employees. However, we also suggest that in contrast to other industrial sectors, customers themselves have a significant, but not wholly unproblematic role to play.This role and its contribution to the development of occupational community are discussed and the analytical and managerial implications are then evaluated.
Keywords: occupational community; public houses; service work
Rights: Copyright © 2007
RMID: 0020122731
DOI: 10.1177/0950017007076627
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