Emotional aspects of work life and professional career
Sociology of Organization and Management University of Lódz, Faculty of Ecomonics and Sociology, Institute of Sociology Lódz, Poland
The aim of the paper is to present the emotional aspects of professional careers described in narratives of people in different phases of their work life. The author will argue that emotions, commonly recognized as subjective states experienced by an individual, and their meaning for an individual should be reconstructed with reference to actions and social processes in which an actor is involved. The emotions have temporal dimensions and they may be regarded as a kind of process located within wider organizational and social context, not only interactional one.
The focus of the paper will be on answering questions: what is the difference between observation, semi-structured interview and narrative interview according to obtained empirical data on emotions? What kind of analytical concepts may be used to describe and explain emotional aspects of work life and professional career? How to go beyond declarative layer of data and reach the one which is meaningful but often hidden because of interactional specific of interview situation?
The paper will refer to research on professional careers, based on semi-structured and narrative interviews and observations.