This paper takes up the self-construction of the social roles of Polish IT professionals. Weconducted an ethnographic study and observed that many of our interviewees defined theirroles by negation and by invoking the internal and often hermetic aspects of theirprofession. Labeling this practice “holding up the shield,” we trace its archetypical roots.The recurrent use of this practice makes a change in agency in the process of constructingthe role possible, to the benefit of the IT professionals.
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP -- Ekonomi och näringsliv -- Företagsekonomi (hsv//swe)
SOCIAL SCIENCES -- Economics and Business -- Business Administration (hsv//eng)