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ERIC Number: ED303433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Sources of Workers' Subcultures in Organization: A Case Study of a Public School Faculty.
Metz, Mary Haywood
This paper analyzes the content of a subculture in an organization, that of the faculty of a public middle school. The paper tries to articulate the substance of the subculture and to discover its sources in the shared experience of the teachers and in the way in which they wove that experience into a coherent and satisfying pattern of meaning. That pattern of meaning was shaped by the values and understandings of reality which are part of American culture generally; this small subculture existed within the context of that larger culture. It also existed within the context of the subculture of teaching as an occupation. The subculture was not fully shared by all of the faculty. Other subcultures to which various members belonged (e.g., gender, race), seemed to explain the variation in their attachment to the local faculty culture and their slightly different versions of it. The paper therefore explores the intersection of subcultures from the rest of the society with that in the organization. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Effective Secondary Schools, Madison, WI.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (1986).