How do institutions take root at the individual level?

Osnat Hazan, Tammar B. Zilber

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The authors explore self-identity construction as a mechanism of institutionalization at the individual level. Building on in-depth analysis of life stories of yoga practitioners who are at different stages of practice, the authors found that as yoga practitioners are more exposed to the yogic institution, yogic meanings gradually infuse their general worldview and self-concept. The authors follow the line of research which focuses on professional identity construction as institutional work, yet, opening the “black box,” the authors argue that institutional meanings take root at the individual level beyond the institutional context and beneath the explicit level of identity.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages24
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
ISSN (Print)0733-558X

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  • Identity work
  • Institutions
  • Life story
  • Meanings
  • Qualitative research paper
  • Self-concept
  • Social construction


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