Dominations et résistances au travail. Enquête sur l'expérience corporelle des ouvrières et ouvriers du nettoyage.

Abstract : This thesis is about relations of dominance and the resistances they cause in cleaning work. More precisely, our subject is the corporeal experience of the cleaning workers. The study is based on an immersion of the author, who worked as a cleaner in three companies – two cleaning companies and a nursery. The data collected during this immersion are completed by interviews and quantitative data analysis. We can consider cleaners as a specific professional group, which is based on a shared social reality. The thesis then highlights an objective structure of the work, relations of dominance, bodies which are re-defined, re-affirmed, or contested, using particularities of cleaning work, especially the fact that cleaning means producing an absence (of dirt). Some cleaners consider themselves « professionals » of cleaning, but a majority do not identify much to their work. Indeed, those individuals are dealing with some wider mecanisms. It is impossible to understand the actions and representations of cleaning workers without considering the fact they are also members of the working class, and evolve in a world which is not ruled only by their specific occupation.
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François Reyssat. Dominations et résistances au travail. Enquête sur l'expérience corporelle des ouvrières et ouvriers du nettoyage.. Sociologie. Université Paris Diderot Paris 7, 2015. Français. ⟨tel-01254516⟩

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