Malou Madsen, Oliver Mervig, Nanna Madsen, Marlon Miezenbeek, Lærke Grønnebæk, Lasse Rene & Mathias Sørensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This study investigates how a segment of workers experience the work life in Denmark, which is analyzed in the light of Thomas Højrup’s three life-modes. The analysis is based on 13 interviews with people from the life-mode of the self-employed, the wage-earner and the carrier-professional. Along with theory by Richard Sennett and Arlie Hochschild it is concluded that the life-modes to some extend are outdated. The assignment concludes that flexibility is an inevitable factor for individuals in the late modern society. It triggers both satisfaction and fear in the work life according to the informants. The theories by Sennett and Hochschild are based on American field studies and interviews. This study shows the relevance to observe these theories critically, and therefore it is discussed in this assignment why they in some cases can be used to examine the Danish situation, despite the fact that they are originally based on American studies. This is shown because of the fact that some of the informants at times show the same behavior as the theorists explain, which make the theories applicable. Through the assignment it is found that the life-modes in the late modern society are not as consistent as in the past, which also means that some of the informants could be categorized as transversal regarding to the life-modes. Therefore it concludes that the deterministic perspective of Højrup is not sustainable anymore. Despite the expiration of the life-modes they still function as an indicator of how people choose to live their lives.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2014
VejledereCharlotte Wurr & Michael Kjeldsen


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