Article

The spatial implications of homeworking: a Lefebvrian approach to the rewards and challenges of home-based work

Citation

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

Abstract
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.

Keywords
boundaries; co-residents; homeworking; Lefebvre; space; teleworking

Journal
Organization: Volume 19, Issue 1

StatusPublished
FundersUniversity of Bradford and Economic and Social Research Council
Publication date31/01/2012
Publication date online26/04/2011
Date accepted by journal31/01/2011
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/27335
PublisherSAGE Publications
Publisher URLhttp://journals.sagepub.com/…1350508411405376
ISSN1350-5084
eISSN1461-7323