Narratives of work, vocation and meaning

Dr Sara James

This project is about the significance of work in the new capitalism. It uses in-depth interviews with workers of different ages and across a broad range of occupations. The interviews were conducted between 2007 and 2009 in Melbourne. As a major urban centre being fully pulled into the traffic of globalization and neoliberalism, Melbourne is an ideal laboratory for exploring the meaning of work in today's 'liquid' modern world. A book based on this research will be published by Ashgate in 2016.


James, S. (2015), 'Finding your passion: Work and the authentic self', M/C Journal, 18(1).

James, S. (2013), 'Bauman's "sensation gatherers' and the significance of work today: Three Australian case studies', TASA 2013 Conference Proceedings, 25-28 November 2013 1, pp. 1-10.


For further information about this project, please contact:

Dr Sara James
Department of Social Inquiry
La Trobe University 
T: +61 3 9479 2993