Work-leisure borders in post-industrial society: The study of leisure experience of homeworkers in China

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Abstract

There has been a growing popularity of the tele-based homeworking worldwide in recent years. Working at home brings work and non-work domains together and evokes some new debates on the border issue of work-leisure relationship since home has been considered as a center for leisure. Focusing on leisure in the non-work domain, this study aims to address two debates concerning work-leisure borders in the case of homeworking: 1) the blurring of borders─whether the borders are weakened or not by inviting work into the leisure center; 2) the border-setting behaviors on work and leisure domains in the wider social context of an overworking trend in the post-industrial era. Drawing upon data from semi-structured interviews with 13 home-based teleworkers in shanghai, China, this study investigates how homeworkers in contemporary China perceive and make sense of their changing work-leisure borders and the paradoxical impacts of the change on their leisure experiences. One notable finding is that the respondents’ border-setting behaviors has little effect on shaping their leisure domain. Implications of findings for leisure studies are discussed. Copyright © 2018 Hong Kong Sociological Association 20th Annual Conference.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Citation

Ma, X., & Lee, T. T.-L. (2018, December). Work-leisure borders in post-industrial society: The study of leisure experience of homeworkers in China. Paper presented at the Hong Kong Sociological Association 20th Annual Conference: Identity Politics in a Globalized World, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

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