Wired to the World, Chained to the Home: Telework in Daily Life

Wired to the World, Chained to the Home: Telework in Daily Life

By: Penny Gurstein (author)Hardback

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How does working at home change people's patterns of activity, their social networks, and the way they organize their living spaces? How will it change the way we plan houses and communities in the future? Will telework solve many of society's ills, from traffic and pollution to stress, or will the home become a new ghetto, where we are forced to work continually? Wired to the World, Chained to the Home explores the myths and realities of home-based employment.Penny Gurstein combines a background in planning, sociology of work, and feminist theory with data from ten years of original research, including in-depth interviews and surveys, to understand the impact of home-based work on daily life patterns. She analyzes the experiences of employees, independent contractors, and self-employed entrepreneurs to present significant findings on the workload, mobility, and tensions involved in combining work and domestic activities in the same setting.As organizational structures, technology, and family priorities continue to change, the often overlooked phenomenon of telework has important implications on everything from employment policies to community planning and design. Those in corporate management, housing and planning, geography, sociology, psychology, and household ecology will welcome this innovative addition to the literature.

About Author

Penny Gurstein is Associate Professor at the UBCSchool of Community and Regional Planning and Chair of the Centre forHuman Settlements, where she specializes in urban design, participatoryplanning processes, and the sociocultural aspects of communityplanning.


Figures and Tables Acknowledgments 1. Telework As Restructured Work2. Profiling the Teleworker: Contextualizing Telework3. Working at Home and Being at Home: Blurred Boundaries4. A Strategy of a Dispensable Workforce: Telework in Canada5. Localizing the Networked Economy: A Vancouver Case Study6. "I Don't Have a Home, I Live in My Office": Transformations in the Spaces of Daily Life7. Convergence: Telework As Everywhere, Every Time8. Conclusion AppendicesA. Survey Instrument of California Study: Interview Schedule for Study on Social and Environmental Impact of Working at Home B. Survey Instrument of Canadian Survey: Telework and Home-Based Employment Survey C. Respondent Occupations, California Study D. Respondent Occupations, Canadian Survey Notes Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780774808460
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780774808460
  • weight: 480
  • ISBN10: 0774808462

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