*This papaer was written while I was on a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at St. Mary's University. It is based on my PhD thesis which I had the privilege of completing under the supervision of Dr. Peta Tancred. I am grateful also to the two anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments on an earlier draft. I would like to acknowledge the central contribution of the teleworkers I interviewed, who took time out of their busy schedules to share the knowledge which forms the foundation of this paper. The manuscript of this article was submitted in April 1996 and accepted in September 1997.
Legitimizing Work: Telework and the Gendered Reification of the Work-Nonwork Dichotomy*
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Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie
Volume 36, Issue 1, pages 87–107, February 1999
How to Cite
Mirchandani, K. (1999), Legitimizing Work: Telework and the Gendered Reification of the Work-Nonwork Dichotomy. Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie, 36: 87–107. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-618X.1999.tb01271.x
- Issue online: 14 JUL 2008
- Version of Record online: 14 JUL 2008
L'intérêt principal de cet article est de savoir pourquoi les télé-travailleuses et travailleurs (individus œuvrant à la maison) ont besoin de séparer leur vie publique de leur vie privée. Au moyen d'entrevues qualitatives avec des télétravailleurs des deux sexes, on étudie les différences dans la manière d'organiser la vie selon la dichotomie public/travail et privé/non-travail. Les mécanismes qui rendent nécessaire le renforcement de cette dichotomie sont aussi explorés.
This paper focusses on why employees who telework (do professional work at home) continue to need to maintain a boundary between their public and private lives. Through qualitative interviews with female and male teleworkers, gender differences in the ways in which they organize their lives in terms of the public/work—private/ nonwork dichotomy are considered. The mechanisms which necessitate the reification of this dichotomy are explored.