Metaphysical labour

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dc.contributor.author Raastrup Kristensen, Anders
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-16
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-16T12:18:58Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-16T12:18:58Z
dc.date.issued 2009-12-16
dc.identifier.isbn 9788759384114
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7973
dc.description.abstract This thesis offers a critical contribution to the theories of work-life balance. Within the contemporary theoretical perspectives on work and life the individuals are constructed as being responsible for work-life balance by turning it into a problem of the personal behaviour, decisions, psychological traits and family condition of the human subject. In this sense the everyday problem of balancing between work and home is reduced to be primarily an individual problem and decision. When the problem of work-life balance is raised in this way, it is difficult for companies to offer managerial and organizational solutions that do not automatically exclude this as an individual problem. It might be possible for managers and organizations to help the employees in achieving work-life balance, but it is fundamentally a challenge that the individual employees must solve. The thesis offers a different perspective on the relation between work and life. This perspective is not based upon the individual employees’ perception and hence constitution of work-life balance. Instead, it is argued that the constitution of the relation of work and life is to be found in its effects. These effects are not established in the constitution of the boundary between work and home, but are rather recognized by how the employees determine and define activities and tasks as work. For example, is it work to send email in the evening? Is it work to read an article at the weekend? Is it work to update a profile on Facebook? The question is therefore ‘what is work?’ and not ‘what is the boundary between work and home?’ en_US
dc.format.extent 278 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.publisher Copenhagen Business School en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Ph.D. Series;2010-02
dc.subject.other Ph.d.-afhandlinger en_US
dc.title Metaphysical labour en_US
dc.type phd en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt09dec16 jobrmo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.corporationshort Doctoral School of Organisation and Management Studies en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Ledelse, Politik og Filosofi en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort LPF en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort LPF en_US
dc.idnumber x656604327 en_US
dc.publisher.city Frederiksberg en_US
dc.publisher.year 2010 en_US
dc.title.subtitle Flexibility, performance and commitment in work-life management en_US


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