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Salvage Ethnography in the Financial SectorThe Path to Economic Crisis in Scotland$
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Jonathan Hearn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087998

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087998.001.0001

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Identity: struggles with personhood, nationhood and professional virtue

Identity: struggles with personhood, nationhood and professional virtue

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Salvage Ethnography in the Financial Sector

Jonathan Hearn

Manchester University Press

This chapter looks at questions of identity at various levels. It considers the Scottish identity of the Bank of Scotland, and how personal senses of Scottishness were refracted through that institutional national identity. It looks especially at how people’s personal identities in the Bank of Scotland were often bound up with an idea of being ‘professional bankers’ in contrast to more generic ‘sales people’ associated with the Halifax. It also considers the gendered dimension of identity. More generally, it is interested in how people invest their personal identities in larger social identities, and how this process is mediated by organisational contexts such as that of the Bank. The conceptual interlude in the middle argues the importance of this triad of the personal, the social, and the organisational, for understanding and analysing identity.

Keywords:   Personal identity, Social identity, Organisational identity, National identity, Professionalism, Gender

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