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The "Y Generation" and the Information Technology Work: the generational flexibility discourse on the flexible work

Grant number: 13/24178-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2014
Effective date (End): October 14, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology - Other specific Sociologies
Principal researcher:Jacob Carlos Lima
Grantee:Aline Suelen Pires
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:12/20408-1 - Labor conditions in current Brazil: formalization, job insecurity, outsourcing and regulation, AP.TEM

Abstract

On the last decades, the world of work has suffered a series of transformations. More and more, the formal work, for uncertain time and built based on careers gives place to a flexible work. This work is characterized by being temporary, organized by projects, realized on variable places and times, network dependent, and individual. In a world of work configured this way, the idea that the young workers would be able for these new experiences gains power, as they were more flexible, open to the risks and to the shapes of flexible work in general matter. This discourse gains power with the notion of "Y Generation", that presumes that the young workers that are entering in the labor market have intrinsic characteristics associated to the idea of flexibility. Our research goal is to verify how the young workers live the new work configuration, that means, in what level the flexibility discourse, the idea of innovation, the individual talent, the constant update and the "creative" unstableness are interiorized by them. The research will be developed with the workers of the Information Technology on São Paulo State.

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