Men at work and at home: Managing emotion in telework

Katy Marsh, G. Musson

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    Abstract

    Home-based telework is one of the flexible working options available today and is unique in its ability to physically and emotionally blur the boundaries between work and home. This paper explores how men experience working from home, how they construct their identities as workers and as parents in this ambiguous location, and how, as fathers, they manage the emotional work of reconciling family and career in this context. Our findings suggest that in order to manage the emotional aspects of telework men will, at times, focus on either the professional or parental part of their identity in their narratives, and at times attempt to ‘have it all’. We conclude that telework can provide a space where men can adopt emotional discourses and practices traditionally associated with women, and particularly working mothers. Publisher statement: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Marsh, K. and Musson, G. (2008) Men at Work and at Home: Managing Emotion in Telework. Gender, Work & Organization, volume 15 (1): 31-48. Which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0432.2007.00353.x
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)31-48
    JournalGender, Work & Organization
    Volume15
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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    Bibliographical note

    Please note Katy Marsh has subsequently changed her name to Katy Graley.
    This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article:
    Marsh, K. and Musson, G. (2008) Men at Work and at Home: Managing Emotion in Telework. Gender, Work & Organization, volume 15 (1): 31-48.
    Which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0432.2007.00353.x

    Keywords

    • fatherhood
    • emotion
    • telework
    • identity
    • masculinity

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    Men at work and at home: Managing emotion in telework. / Marsh, Katy; Musson, G.

    In: Gender, Work & Organization, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2008, p. 31-48.

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    Marsh, Katy ; Musson, G. / Men at work and at home: Managing emotion in telework. In: Gender, Work & Organization. 2008 ; Vol. 15, No. 1. pp. 31-48.
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