The styles of cultural professionals in working life in Finland
The department of sociology University of Helsinki Helsinki, Finland
In my paper I examine the styles of work selection, work performance and working methods of cultural professionals. The material comprises 46 interviews with cultural professionals aged 18-35, which were performed in 2003-2008. The study, conducted in Finland in 2003-2008, offers fresh insight for debates on commitment and orientation in working life a major theme in earlier work and working life research. While work has traditionally been regarded as an obligation within this debate, we view it from the perspective of "lifestyle arrangement". Lifestyle is defined as consisting, adapting Ziehe, of subjective choices, stylisation (lifestyle arrangement in relation to life as a whole) and reflexivity. In addition, the definition incorporates Weber´s idea that lifestyle is manifested as a tension between "self-orientation" (Lebensführung) and "life chances".