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"Who am I?": Identity, Self and Narrative within Organizational Contexts
Unformatted Document Text:  “Who am I?”: Identity, Self and Narrative within Organizational Contexts Abstract The question “Who am I?” represents an enduring philosophical and everyday concern. Issues of self and identity have attracted the attention of scholars, as indicated by a heightened increase of continuing conversations across and within academic disciplines (Gergen, 1991, 1999; Giddens, 1992; Mandelbaum, 1996, in press; Mokros, 1996, 2003; Shotter & Gergen, 1989; Taylor, 1989). In addition, there is also an acknowledgement that work and organizations function as important sites for identity construction (Cheney, 1993; Cheney & Carroll, 1997; Cockett, 2000; Czarniawska-Joerges, 1997; Lievrouw, 1996; Mandelbaum, 1996b; Mokros, 2003). The intent of this paper is to explore the theoretical claims that (a) self and identity are central issues for the social sciences, and (b) work and organizations are important sites for the consideration of self and identity, and how communication scholarship contributes (or may contribute) to an understanding of these claims. Finally, this paper considers the relevance of scholarly interest in the confluence of identity, self and work for the development of communication theory.

Authors: Cattafesta, Joanne.
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“Who am I?”:
Identity, Self and Narrative within Organizational Contexts
Abstract
The question “Who am I?” represents an enduring philosophical and everyday concern. Issues
of self and identity have attracted the attention of scholars, as indicated by a heightened increase
of continuing conversations across and within academic disciplines (Gergen, 1991, 1999;
Giddens, 1992; Mandelbaum, 1996, in press; Mokros, 1996, 2003; Shotter & Gergen, 1989;
Taylor, 1989). In addition, there is also an acknowledgement that work and organizations
function as important sites for identity construction (Cheney, 1993; Cheney & Carroll, 1997;
Cockett, 2000; Czarniawska-Joerges, 1997; Lievrouw, 1996; Mandelbaum, 1996b; Mokros,
2003).
The intent of this paper is to explore the theoretical claims that (a) self and identity are central
issues for the social sciences, and (b) work and organizations are important sites for the
consideration of self and identity, and how communication scholarship contributes (or may
contribute) to an understanding of these claims. Finally, this paper considers the relevance of
scholarly interest in the confluence of identity, self and work for the development of
communication theory.


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