A1 Journal article (refereed)
Varieties of agencies during working life changes (2020)

Järvensivu, A. (2020). Varieties of agencies during working life changes. European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, 11(2), 151-165. https://doi.org/10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela1039

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Järvensivu, Anu

Journal or series: European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults

eISSN: 2000-7426

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 11

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 151-165

Publisher: Linköping University Electronic Press

Publication country: Sweden

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela1039

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/72198


The aim of this study is to shed light on the varieties of workers´ agencies in working life change situations, which is an under-researched topic in the literature of workplace learning and in working life studies. The research questions are what kinds of agencies there are to be found when workers encounter changes and how the different kinds of agencies are connected together. The understanding of agency is grounded on the subject-centered socio-cultural approach, whereas the methodological approach is based on applying life-course perspective on research material consisting of 48 working life narratives written by Finnish adults. The narratives are analyzed by abductive content analysis. The results reveal the dynamical and periodical processes between the different kinds of agencies during one´s working life narrative. The different forms of agency overlap and rotate. Suffering can be seen as a dynamic concept mediating transformative agencies, small agency and resistance.

Keywords: working life; change; employees; course of life; life changes; human agency; suffering; resistance to change

Free keywords: agency; small agency; suffering; working life changes

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 1

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