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Tanja Kirkegaard

Stress as a sociocultural phenomenon: Exploring the distributed nature of stress in an organizational context

Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportPh.d.-afhandlingForskning

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Intuitively, people tend to think in individualistic terms about the stress that
allegedly permeates modern life, not least work life, where we often hear
about a ‘stress epidemic’. From this common point of view, stress is
understood as both a mental phenomenon and as an embodied phenomenon.
But a perspective on stress as something embedded in and distributed across
the physical and social environment has not been prevalent neither in the
research on stress nor in lay discussions.
In this study I apply a social and cultural approach to work related stress. I am
interested in how the cultural practices and thereby socio-material practices at
work are related to stress understandings, to specific appraisals of the work
conditions and how the socio-material practices are related to specific coping
practices. It is argued throughout the thesis that to fully understand the
complex phenomenon of stress, we need to take its social and physical
embeddedness into account.
The project explores the distributed nature of stress at two departments of a
large Danish company using a mixed methods design with a combination of a
questionnaire and fieldwork.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
UdgivelsesstedAalborg
ForlagAalborg Universitetsforlag
Antal sider211
ISBN (Trykt)978-87-7112-176-6
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StatusUdgivet - 2014
Eksternt udgivetJa
SerietitelPh.d.-serien for Det Humanistiske Fakultet, Aalborg Universitet
ISSN2246-123X

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