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Work-Life in Canada: Portraits of Continuity and Change in the Meaning of Work

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  • SSRHC IG awarded 2022: "Meaning of work" refers to how individuals make sense of paid work and their working selves in relation to the changing institutional facts of work and the broader social worlds in which they experience work. Work-Life aims to advance understanding of the intersecting ways in which race, class, gender, citizenship, and other dimensions of social belonging shape the meaning of work within and across individual work-life trajectories. It does so by actuating the power of stories--in both their individual depth and plurality of divergent and convergent expressions--to convey meaning and illuminate social conditions. Work-Life in Canada explores the social meanings of work through the multimedia creation of 100 work-life stories, drawn from a rich diversity of Canadians across dozens of occupations and seven provinces and territories, including several Cree, Innu, and Inuit communities. The project is made possible by, and extends the possibilities of, professional artist-photographer Martin Weinhold's singular Workspace Canada collection: documentary portraits of 600 working people, developed over the space of 15 years ( Our interdisciplinary social science team returns with Weinhold to a representative cross-section of the original participants to add a second set of photos, a work-life narrative interview, and workplace soundscape recordings. Working with this multimedia data and in dialogue with the larger team, digital humanities experts will create an engaging, permanently available, and fully searchable public digital repository---a first-of-its-kind knowledge resource in Canada--for multiple publics, secondary and postsecondary students, and scholars of work, family, intersectional life course, cultural studies, Indigenous studies, and social history.

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    ©️Dorow, Sara. All rights reserved other than by permission. This document embargoed to those without UAlberta CCID until 2029.