Negotiating the boundaries between home and work practices: The case of home-workers

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dc.contributor.advisor Linehan, Carol
dc.contributor.author Koslowski, Nora Christina
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-03T15:12:34Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-03T15:12:34Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04
dc.date.submitted 2012-06-21
dc.identifier.citation Koslowski, N.C., 2012. Negotiating the boundaries between home and work practices: The case of home-workers. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/620
dc.description.abstract When people work from home, the domains of home and work are co-located, often under one roof. Home-workers have to cope with the meeting of two practices that have traditionally been physically separated. In light of this, we need to understand: how do people who work from home negotiate the boundaries between their home and work practices? What kinds of boundaries do people construct? How do boundaries affect the relationship between home and work as domains? What kinds of boundaries are available to home-workers? Are home-workers in charge of their boundaries or do they co-create them with others? How does this position home-workers in their domains? In order to address these questions, I analysed a variety of data, including newspaper columns, online forum discussions, interviews, and personal diary entries, using a discourse analytic approach that lends itself to issues of positioning. Current literature clashes over whether home-workers are in control of their boundaries, and over the relationship between home and work that arises out of boundary negotiations, i.e. whether home and work are dichotomous or layered. I seek to contribute to boundary theory by adopting a practice theory stance (Wenger, 1998) to guide my analysis. By viewing home and work as practices, I show that boundary negotiations depend on how home-workers are positioned, e.g. if they are positioned as peripheral in a domain, they lack influence over boundaries. I demonstrate that home and work constitute a number of different practices, rather than a rigid dichotomy, and that the way home and work are related are not the same for all home-workers. The application of practice concepts further shows how relationships between practices are created. The contribution of this work is a reconceptualisation of current boundary theory away from individual and cognitive notions (Nippert-Eng, 1996) into the realm of positioning. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2012, Nora C. Koslowski en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Home-work boundary practices en
dc.subject Negotiation en
dc.subject Flexibility en
dc.subject Teleworking en
dc.subject Working from home en
dc.subject Mobile working en
dc.subject Working conditions en
dc.subject.lcsh Telecommuting en
dc.title Negotiating the boundaries between home and work practices: The case of home-workers en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Commerce) en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Management and Marketing en


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