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There is no place like work: The mediatization of international labor
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Over the last decade, mobile media technologies have come to transform the ways in which we organize life and work. Inventions like the smartphone and the spreading of free Wi-Fi networks – technologies which allow us to “stay connected” while on the move – affect how we plan and perform our everyday activities as well as how we handle relationships. Employing a theoretical framework centered on the notion of ‘the mediatization of labor’, my conference contribution focuses on the overarching question of how mobile media technologies impact on working life itself and on work/life balance. For the specific category of people who work partly internationally, access to new media can be assumed to be particularly crucial for the organization of personal- as well as working life. The empirical data upon which my contribution is based consist of 10-15 qualitative interviews, conducted with international business elites working in the private sector. For this group of workers, the time spent away from both workplace and home seems to become a time of self-negotiation; a time when questions of who to stay in touch with, when, and to what extent need to be answered in ways that please all parties involved. My preliminary results indicate that expectations of connectivity are set by both employers and family members, and that the connectivity enabled by mobile media technologies is understood by the respondents as a precondition for an international high-level career.

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Keyword [en]
Work, work/life balance, mobility, elites, mediatization
National Category
Social Sciences Humanities
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36101OAI: diva2:814694
Geomedia 2015: "Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized Worlds". An Interdisciplinary International Conference. 5-8 may Karlstad, Sweden
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-05-28 Created: 2015-05-28 Last updated: 2015-07-02Bibliographically approved

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