Med datorn på köksbordet: en studie av kvinnor som distansarbetar i hemmet

Detta är en avhandling från Dept. of Sociology, Lund University, P.O. Box 114, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden

Sammanfattning: The purpose of this study is to analyse the situation of living and working for women who are teleworking in their homes. Telework carried out in the home will mean that paid and unpaid work will be done in the same location. When this happens, the division of time and space between paid and unpaid work is no longer self-evident, contraty to what appears to be the case when the workplace and the home are two separate places. Two groups of women have been interviewed. The emperical parts shows that the women acquire a certain flexiblility in time and space and experience a form of totality that they have missed earlier. At the same time they mean that they are caught in a gender-trap, and the study shows a clear gender division of labor. In the thesis the question are posed, what is the cause of the gender division of labor. In order to be able to answer the question, the thesis is referring to three other studies showing how women with paid work outside their homes deal with the relation between paid and unpaid work. In theese studies it is pointed out that the time aspect is improtant for creating balance and a feeling of totality in the working and living situation. For the teleworking women, the spaceaspect is more evident that the problem with time. It is through the possibility to join in space the paid and unpaid work, that the women experience totality in their lives as well as this possibility also causes the gender division of labor. Some of the experiences in their worksituation can also be related to how the phenomenon work is conceptualised. The thesis discuss the attempts within social sciences to develop the concept of work.

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