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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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BENDASSOLLI, Pedro F.  and  BORGES-ANDRADE, Jairo Eduardo. Meaning, meaningfulness, and tensions in artistic work. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.1, pp. 71-81. ISSN 1984-6657.

Research about the meaning of work faces theoretical and practical challenges, such as empirically distinguishing between the meaning and meaningfulness of work. This study aims to explore the similarities and distinctions between the two concepts and how these reflect on the perception of tensions in the performance of one's professional activities. The study is based on in-depth interviews with 26 individuals working in creative industries in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. We analyzed the data through thematic categorization. We found that meaningfulness in artistic work is related, for example, to the social impacts of this form of activity. For the meaning of work, three central representations emerged: work as flow, as creation, and as a calling. Finally, related tensions emerged, such as those arising from the interconnection of art and business.

Keywords : meaning of work; significance in work; representations of work; artistic work; professional artist.

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