Home and Work
Negotiating Boundaries through Everyday Life
Arguing that relationships between the two realms range from those that are highly "integrating" to those that are highly "segmenting," Nippert-Eng examines the ways people sculpt the boundaries between home and work. With remarkable sensitivity to the symbolic value of objects and actions, Nippert-Eng explores the meaning of clothing, wallets, lunches and vacations, and the places and ways in which we engage our family, friends, and co-workers. Commuting habits are also revealing, showing how we make the transition between home and work selves though ritualized behavior like hellos and goodbyes, the consumption of food, the way we dress, our choices of routes to and from work, and our listening, working, and sleeping habits during these journeys.
The ways each of us manages time, space, and people not only reflect but reinforce lives that are more "integrating" or "segmenting" at any given time. In clarifying what we take for granted, this book will leave you thinking in different ways about your life and work.
Negotiating Home and Work: From Integration to Segmentation
Ch. 1: Territories of the Self: Recognizing the Home-Work Boundary
Ch. 2: Cognitive Engineering: Bridging Time, Space, and Self
Ch. 3: Structural Constraints and Personal Discretion: Work Stakes Its Claim
Ch. 4: Be It Ever So Humble, There Are Also Surveyors at Home
Ch. 5: Jimmy, Eleanor, and the Logic of Boundary Work
Conclusion: Beyond Home and Work: Boundary Theory
Appendix: Interview Questionnaire for Home and Work