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The status of employment divides the professional group of the financial advisers of the French Postal Service. This segmentation is more important than divisions along the lines of gender, age, or generation. Some of the group have a civil servant status, while others are contract workers. The former belong to the public sector, while the latter have been hired due to their banking skills. Thus, hiring processes and dynamics are different for these subgroups. But employment status is not sufficient to explain the way generations relate to each other within the group. Even if they do not benefit from a stable contract, the younger generation adopts the ethos of the statesmen. Various processes of socialization help explain this disjunction. The professional group acts as a community of socialization and helps to enhance cooperation and overcome age segmentation.


  • generation
  • socialization
  • occupational group
  • community
  • employment status
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