Category: care

The workplace as careplace

Thinking about the workplace as a place of care involves thinking about:

  • social geographies of care
  • geographies of work and the workplace
  • worklife
  • in/security and precarity
  • under/valuing
  • gendering
  • performance
  • uncertainties
  • economies
  • health
  • safety
  • emotion
  • (the unicorn?) of worklife balance and relatedly –
  • compartmentalising
  • messy everydaylife
  • identity
  • diversity
  • equity
  • the increasingly porous distiinctions between workplace and home

REFERENCES

Ahmed, Sara (2014) https://feministkilljoys.com/2014/08/25/selfcare-as-warfare/

Gawande, Atul (2017) http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/23/the-heroism-of-incremental-care 

 

workplace geographies – a cross-disciplinary reference list

Carmona, S. and Ezzamel, M., 2015. Accounting and lived experience in the gendered workplace. Accounting, Organizations and Society.

Cockayne, D.G., 2015. Entrepreneurial affect: Attachment to work practice in San Francisco’s digital media sector. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, p.0263775815618399.

Crang, P., 1994. It’s showtime: on the workplace geographies of display in a restaurant in southeast England. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 12(6), pp.675-704.

Datta, K., McIlwaine, C., Evans, Y., Herbert, J., May, J. and Wills, J., 2007. From coping strategies to tactics: London’s low‐pay economy and migrant labour. British journal of industrial relations, 45(2), pp.404-432.

Gill, R. and Pratt, A., 2008. In the social factory? Immaterial labour, precariousness and cultural work. Theory, culture & society, 25(7-8), pp.1-30.

Hochschild, A.R., 2003. The managed heart: Commercialization of human feeling. Univ of California Press.

Kanngieser, A., 2013. Tracking and tracing: geographies of logistical governance and labouring bodies. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 31(4), pp.594-610.

Lubrano, A. (2004). Limbo: Blue-collar roots, white-collar dreams. John Wiley & Sons.

McDowell, L., 2004. Work, workfare, work/life balance and an ethic of care. Progress in Human Geography, 28(2), pp.145-163.

McDowell, Linda. Working bodies: Interactive service employment and workplace identities. Vol. 61. John Wiley & Sons, 2011.

McDowell, L., Ray, K., Perrons, D., Fagan, C. and Ward, K., 2005. Women’s paid work and moral economies of care. Social & Cultural Geography, 6(2), pp.219-235.

McMorran, C., 2012. Practising workplace geographies: embodied labour as method in human geography. Area, 44(4), pp.489-495.

Meakin, Susan (2012) Researching an Overlooked Workforce in a University: catering, caretaking and security staff.

Milligan, C. and Wiles, J., 2010. Landscapes of care. Progress in Human Geography, 34(6), pp.736-754.

Mountz, A., Bonds, A., Mansfield, B., Loyd, J., Hyndman, J., Walton-Roberts, M., Basu, R., Whitson, R., Hawkins, R., Hamilton, T. and Curran, W., 2015. For slow scholarship: A feminist politics of resistance through collective action in the neoliberal university. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 14(4), pp.1235-1259.

Wagner, E.H., 2010. Academia, chronic care, and the future of primary care. Journal of general internal medicine, 25(4), pp.636-638.

Paulsen, R. (2014). Empty Labor: Idleness and Workplace Resistance. Cambridge University Press.

Pugh, A. J. (2015). The Tumbleweed Society: Working and caring in an age of insecurity. Oxford University Press, USA.

Saval, N. (2014). Cubed: A secret history of the workplace. Doubleday.

Tokumitsu, M. (2015). Do What You Love: And Other Lies About Success & Happiness. Simon and Schuster.

Vance, J.D., 2016. Hillbilly elegy: A memoir of a family and culture in crisis. HarperCollins UK.

 

Protecting yourself from your feelings about insecure work

From Alison J. Pugh in The Tumbleweed Society: Working and Caring in an Age of Insecurity  (2014) on how people feel, or think they should feel, about losing their jobs (p41):

While they protect themselves from their feelings, they also protect their employers, they suppress what could be an important impetus for collective action, and they further a privatization of risk that brings the burdens of globalization to rest on their shoulders. In doing so, people employed in precarious work shunt aside a potentially important resource for social change: their own antagonism.