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Work’s Intimacy

Work's Intimacy

This book provides a long-overdue account of online technology and its impact on the work and lifestyles of professional employees. It moves between the offices and homes of today’s salaried professionals to provide an intimate insight into the personal, family and wider social tensions faced by workers in today’s rapidly changing work environment.

Drawing on her extensive research, Gregg shows that new media technologies encourage and exacerbate an older tendency among salaried professionals to put work at the heart of daily concerns, often to the expense of other sources of intimacy and fulfillment. New media technologies from mobile phones to laptops and tablet computers have been marketed as devices that give us the freedom to work where we want, when we want, but little attention has been paid to the consequences of these technologies, which have helped to move work out of the office and into cafes, trains, living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms, thereby impinging in new and unforeseen ways on the personal lives of employees.

This groundbreaking book explores how today’s salaried professionals cope with the unprecedented intimacy of technologically-mediated work, and how its seductions seem poised to triumph over the few remaining relationships that may stand in its way.

Press coverage

The Guardian
The Times Higher Education
The Irish Times
Il Corriere
Thinking Allowed – BBC
Courier Mail
My Career
Sydney Morning Herald
The Canberra Times
Inside Story
Gallery of Modern Art
Life Matters – ABC
Future Tense – ABC

Scholarly reviews

Anthropological Notebooks
Canadian Journal of Communication
Cultural Studies Review
Feminist Review
Information, Communication & Society
International Journal of Communication
Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
New Media and Society

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