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Quotidian Ritual and Work-Life Balance: An Ethnography of Not Being There

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Dave KirkORCiD, Dr David Chatting


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This paper reports on current interdisciplinary design research that explores values held byindividuals in their performance of everyday or ‘quotidian’ rituals in family life. The work is focusedon mobile workers who may be away from home and family for extended and/or regular periods oftime. During the course of the research, a key hurdle that has arisen has revolved around gainingaccess to families for the purpose of conducting traditional ethnographic studies. For many mobileworkers who are separated from the family on a regular basis, the idea of having an ethnographicresearcher present during what becomes very limited and therefore sacrosanct family time has proveddifficult to negotiate. Therefore the design researchers have had to develop more designerly means ofengagement with ‘the field site’ through a series of design interventions that effectively provide formsof ethnographic data when both the researcher and the researched are away from the field site,namely the family home.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bichard J, Yurman P, Kirk DS, Chatting D

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings (EPIC)

Year of Conference: 2014

Pages: 163-178

Print publication date: 01/10/2014

ISSN: 1559-8918


DOI: 10.1111/1559-8918.01019