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Identity work and play

Author: Ibarra, Herminia ; Petriglieri, JenniferINSEAD Area: Organisational Behaviour Series: Working Paper ; 2008/31/OB Publisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD, 2008.Language: EnglishDescription: 33 p.Type of document: INSEAD Working PaperAbstract: Current research and theorizing on the variety of strategies and behaviors used by individuals to tailor, adapt or otherwise change their identities has converged on the notion of identity work to conceptualize these processes. This paper introduces an alternative but complementary notion – “identity play” – and develops a framework that specifies how identity work and play differ from each other. It also proposes a set of ideas about the process of identity play in role transitions.
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Current research and theorizing on the variety of strategies and behaviors used by individuals to tailor, adapt or otherwise change their identities has converged on the notion of identity work to conceptualize these processes. This paper introduces an alternative but complementary notion – “identity play” – and develops a framework that specifies how identity work and play differ from each other. It also proposes a set of ideas about the process of identity play in role transitions.

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