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Men at work and at home: managing emotion in telework

Marsh, K. and Musson, G. (2007) Men at work and at home: managing emotion in telework. Gender, Work and Organization, 15 (1). pp. 31-48. ISSN 1468-0432

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Abstract

Home-based telework is one of the flexible working options available today and is unique in its ability to physically and emotionally blur the boundaries between work and home. This paper explores how men experience working from home, how they construct their identities as workers and as parents in this ambiguous location, and how, as fathers, they manage the emotional work of reconciling family and career in this context. Our findings suggest that in order to manage the emotional aspects of telework men will, at times, focus on either the professional or parental part of their identity in their narratives, and at times attempt to ‘have it all’. We conclude that telework can provide a space where men can adopt emotional discourses and practices traditionally associated with women, and particularly working mothers.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: An author produced version of this paper will be available from February 2008.
Keywords: fatherhood, emotion, telework, identity, masculinity
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Sheffield University Management School
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2014 17:03
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0432.2007.00353.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2007.00353.x
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1963

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