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STOP THE PRESSES: THE DEATH OF NEWSPRINT AND DISPLACEMENT OF PRESS WORKERS

Abstract: This qualitative study examines the process of worker displacement due to the structural conditions of technological advancements in the presentation of media and their impacts on newspaper press workers. I use Erving Goffman’s concept of a “moral career” and Anthony’s Gidden’s concept of structuration to frame the analysis of the experiences of worker displacement. Using two waves of interviews, six months apart, along with autoethnographic fieldnotes from my own experience as a displaced press worker, I tell the story of worker displacement as it unfolds in three major phases: pre-displacement, displacement, and post-displacement. The findings of this study suggests that these press workers are not just mere victims of worker displacement but, rather, they are active agents who respond to structural changes by making meaning of their situation which subsequently guides their decision-making, thus exercising agency.

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