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Date of Award


Access Type

Campus Access

Document type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program


First Advisor

Dan Clawson

Second Advisor

Naomi Gerstel

Third Advisor

Max Page

Subject Categories

Family, Life Course, and Society | Organizational Behavior and Theory | Sociology


Studies of workplace resistance tend to focus on research subjects as workers - reifying the notion of the ideal worker, disconnected from families and communities. This simplification of workers' experiences and their motivations lays the foundation for another: the idea that workers' actions can be easily and categorically understood either as accommodations of management interests or as resistance to those interests. Taking these two issues together, this dissertation considers the extent to which a more complete account of individuals' lives and interests might refashion our conceptualization of resistance. Focusing on workplace resistance, this multi-case study considers two central questions. First, what counts as resistance, and to what degree is the distinction between resistance and accommodation a useful distinction? Second, when considering the contours of everyday workplace resistance, in what ways does a multidimensional consideration of individuals' experiences as both workers and members of families and communities shape our understanding of power relations? The dissertation concludes by considering the potential positive or negative impacts of a broad - and contextualized - understanding of workplace resistance.