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Author Marschall, Daniel.
Title The company we keep : occupational community in the high-tech network society / Daniel Marschall.
Published Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2012.
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 Floor3  HT675 .M37 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description ix,192 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [171]-184) and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1.Network Society and Occupational Community -- 2.Setting: A "Monster Soft Dev Shop" in Silicon Swamp -- 3.Constructing Occupational Identity -- 4.Forging Bonds on Projects and Products -- 5.Language and the Persistence of Community.
Summary At the birth of the Internet Age, computer technologists in small, aggressive software development companies became part of a unique networked occupational community. They were creative, team-oriented, and enthusiastic workers who built "boundaryless careers," hopping from one employer to another. In his absorbing ethnography The Company We Keep, sociologist Daniel Marschall immerses himself in IntenSivity, one such technological workplace. Chronicling the employees' experiences, Marschall examines how these workers characterize their occupational culture, share values and work practices, and help one another within their community. He sheds light on the nature of this industry marked by highly skilled jobs and rapid technological change. The experiences at IntenSivity are now mirrored by employees at Facebook and thousands of other cutting-edge, high-tech start-up firms. The Company We Keep helps us understand the emergence of virtual work communities and the character of the contemporary labor market at the level of a small enterprise.
Subject Occupations -- Sociological aspects -- Case studies.
Group identity -- Case studies.
Organizational behavior -- Case studies.
Business networks -- Social aspects -- Case studies.
Internet industry -- Employees -- Case studies.
Industrial sociology -- Case studies.
ISBN 9781439907559 (cloth : alk. paper)
1439907552 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781439907573 (e-book)
1439907579 (e-book)
OCLC number 738349238