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Post-Fordist reconfigurations of gender, work and life: theory and practice

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Show simple item record Gray, Breda Giofi, Luigina de Carvalho, Aparecido Fabiano Pinatti D'Andrea, Anthony Wixted, Lisa 2017-10-23T13:56:35Z 2017
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract                            Based on an in-depth study with 56 informants (25 women and 31 men), across the ICT (Information and Communication Technology), creative and academic sectors in one city/regional hub in Ireland, this article investigates the so-called revolution in work/life practices associated with the post-Fordist labour processes of the Knowledge Economy from the perspectives of workers themselves. Recent theorisations of post-Fordist work patterns emphasise a rearranging of work and life place boundaries; a reconfiguring of work and life time boundaries; and a dissolving of the gendered boundaries of work and life (production and social reproduction)(Adkins and Dever 2014; Morini and Fumagalli 2010; Gill and Pratt 2008; Weeks 2007; Hardt and Negri 2004). Our findings suggest that, instead of dissolving boundaries, workers constantly struggle to draw boundaries between what counts as work and as life, and that this varies primarily in relation to gender and stage in a gendered life trajectory. Work extensification is compensated for via a perceived freedom to shape one s own life, which is articulated in terms of individualised boundary-drawing. While younger men embraced always on work, they also articulated anxieties about how these work habits might interfere with family aspirations. This was also true for younger women who also struggled to make time for life in the present. For mothers, boundary drawing was articulated as a necessity but was framed more in terms of personal choice by fathers. Although all participants distinguished between paid work and life as distinct sites of value, boundaries were individually drawn and resist any easy mapping of masculinity and femininity onto the domains of work and life. Instead, we argue that it is the process of boundary drawing that reveals gendered patterns. The personalised struggles of these relatively privileged middle-class workers centre on improving the quality of their lives, but raise important questions about the political possibilities within and beyond the world of post-Fordist labour. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley and Sons Ltd en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries British Journal of Sociology; 68 (4), pp. 620-642
dc.rights This is the peer reviewed version of the following article:Post-Fordist Reconfigurations of Gender, Work and Life: Theory and Practice British Journal of Sociology which has been published in final form at his article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving. en_US
dc.subject Post-Fordism en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject work en_US
dc.subject life en_US
dc.subject production en_US
dc.subject social reproduction en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject post-Fordism en_US
dc.title Post-Fordist reconfigurations of gender, work and life: theory and practice en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US 2017-10-23T13:25:28Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/1468-4446.12267 2019-05-29
dc.embargo.terms 2019-05-29 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
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dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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