It Is Only 24 Hours a Day—Neutralizations Are Necessary. Temporal Dilemmas of Managers
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University of Lodz
Publication date: 2011-03-23
Polish Sociological Review 2011;173(1):97–106
Holding a chief position in an organized hierarchy means accepting a wide range of duties. What it leads to is a prolonganization and adaptation of the working time as well as its pragmatization as far as the time (e.g. private time, leisure time) not directly connected to the individual’s job is concerned. The need to subordinate, for not to call it incorporate all the other spheres of life into the business actions leads to “temporal tensions” emerging between discrepancies previously autonomous. The author of this paper reconstructed these tensions by showing different strategies and peculiar neutralizations which are used by managers in order to diminish or solve the tensions. The methodology of grounded theory has been applied to analyse the collected material (narrative interviews). The outcomes of the research result from very detailed and arduous analyses of 35 managers’ life-stories according to symbolic interactionism paradigm.