This dissertation is an ethnography of copresence that investigates the changing life of a commercial transportation dealership in Phoenix, AZ by paying close attention to one of the ways it was engaged in reproducing itself---namely, the way I was trained and groomed to takeover the business from my uncle. By using the series of assignments I held as a management trainee as the organizing principle of my analysis, I pursue the idea that beyond identities of mastery a theory of learning should account for the historical production of whole persons. I show how such persons appear in the dealership's space of copresence when the learning process in question reaches a maximum degree of participation. That process appears as a decentering movement immanent in the dealership's everyday activities and mechanisms of control. Unlike the dealership's diverse forms of work, such a movement defies without breaking free of the specific gravity that otherwise determines the field of commercial practice. I find that learning is indeed an integral part of the dealership's changing life. I discuss the implications of such a finding with reference to a number of questions raised in the literature and conclude by suggesting how the notion of whole person and its concomitants might inform future research.One- year parts and labor warranty available. Mobile ... Since then, in addition to the original (now) Navistar International line, it has grown to include a family of high quality lines including Trailmobile (1987) and Mitsubishi Fuso (1992).
|Title||:||Learning the Family Business: Commercial Practice and the Historical Production of Whole Persons|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|