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The spatial implications of homeworking: a Lefebvrian approach to the rewards and challenges of home-based work

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Oliver Mallett



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In this theoretical article we propose an approach to the spatial implications of homeworking derived from the work of social theorist Henri Lefebvre. By highlighting the processes involved in the inherently contested and (re)constructed nature of space in the demarcated home/work environment we draw on Lefebvre to suggest a collapse of this demarcation. We consider the impact of such a collapse on questions relating to the rewards and challenges of home-based work for both workers and their co-residents. In contrast to our approach to the spatial implications of home-based work derived from Lefebvre, we argue that a traditional, Euclidean conception of space risks ignoring the important, symbolic nature of social space to the detriment of both the effective research and practice of homeworking.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wapshott R, Mallett O

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Organization

Year: 2012

Volume: 19

Issue: 1

Pages: 63-79

Print publication date: 01/01/2012

Online publication date: 26/04/2011

Date deposited: 21/03/2016

ISSN (print): 1350-5084

ISSN (electronic): 1461-7323

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/1350508411405376


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