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.