Wapshott R & Mallett O (2012) The spatial implications of homeworking: a Lefebvrian approach to the rewards and challenges of home-based work. Organization, 19 (1), pp. 63-79. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1350508411405376; https://doi.org/10.1177/1350508411405376
In this theoretical article we propose an approach to the spatial implications of homeworking derived from the work of social theorist Henri Lefebvre. By highlighting the processes involved in the inherently contested and (re)constructed nature of space in the demarcated home/work environment we draw on Lefebvre to suggest a collapse of this demarcation. We consider the impact of such a collapse on questions relating to the rewards and challenges of home-based work for both workers and their co-residents. In contrast to our approach to the spatial implications of home-based work derived from Lefebvre, we argue that a traditional, Euclidean conception of space risks ignoring the important, symbolic nature of social space to the detriment of both the effective research and practice of homeworking.
boundaries; co-residents; homeworking; Lefebvre; space; teleworking
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