Wired to the World, Chained to the Home
Telework in Daily Life
Gurstein combines a background in planning, sociology of work, andfeminist theory with qualitative and quantitative data from ten yearsof original research, including in-depth interviews and surveys, tounderstand the socio-spatial impact of home-based work on daily lifepatterns. Les mer
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Gurstein combines a background in planning, sociology of work, andfeminist theory with qualitative and quantitative data from ten yearsof original research, including in-depth interviews and surveys, tounderstand the socio-spatial impact of home-based work on daily lifepatterns. She analyzes the experiences of teleworkers includingemployees, independent contractors, and self-employed entrepreneurs,and presents significant findings regarding the workload, mobility, thedistinct differences according to work status and gender, and thetensions in trying to combine work and domestic activities in the samesetting. As organizational structures, technology, and familypriorities continue to change, the often overlooked phenomenon ofteleworkers has important implications on everything from employmentpolicies to community planning and design.
Figures and Tables Acknowledgments 1. Telework As Restructured Work2. Profiling the Teleworker: Contextualizing Telework3. Working at Home and Being at Home: Blurred Boundaries4. A Strategy of a Dispensable Workforce: Telework in Canada5. Localizing the Networked Economy: A Vancouver Case Study6. "I Don't Have a Home, I Live in My Office": Transformations in the Spaces of Daily Life7. Convergence: Telework As Everywhere, Every Time8. Conclusion AppendicesA. Survey Instrument of California Study: Interview Schedule for Study on Social and Environmental Impact of Working at Home B. Survey Instrument of Canadian Survey: Telework and Home-Based Employment Survey C. Respondent Occupations, California Study D. Respondent Occupations, Canadian Survey Notes Bibliography Index
Gurstein gives an extremely valuable, comprehensive view of the telework boom that integrates her own studies in Canada with world- wide literature on the subject. She gives a scholarly appraisal of telework's many forms and shows how they differ in their human impacts. -- William Michelson, S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto