Knowing Your Place Saving Face

The Stresses of Work

The workplace provides a fertile space for the relational world to weave its magic/unleash its misery. The set of relational senses – honour, respect, pride, envy, shame, humiliation, acceptance, belonging (some of the usual suspects) have a field day with the combination of close relationships, institutional hierarchy and the inevitable emphasis on relative status. As […]

Knowing Your Place

Senses Working Overtime

Teachers (that’s Kurt from the British show above: less teaching, more drinking) are notorious for working long hours and in many cases taking their work home with them. The contracted 40 hours is for many in the profession a baseline, rather than a maximum. Marking and preparation are as often completed at the dinner table […]