reading

Underlining

in Melissa Gregg‘s Work’s Intimacy:

“… the grammar of hunched shoulders, clandestine drinking cultures, and enforced leave….the present generation of academics must be among the first to see their lives and loves as potentially open to change.” : xii

“Labor politics has always rested on the notion that limits must be placed on the workday. In an era of presence bleed, the possibility of asserting absence from the workplace becomes a matter of intense concern. If the office exists in your phone, how is it possible to claim the right to be away from it for any length of time? Indeed, how do employees assert the right to avoid work-related contact if the bulk of their colleagues are friends? Labor activism is powerless to meet these challenges with its current vocabulary.” :14

“[A] classic post-industrial gentrification process capitalized on decommissioned freight districts in picturesque areas, turning the workplaces of an old economy into the domestic leisure space of the new. Extra bus services were needed to service the influx of residents commuting to the city for work, while online start-ups, media broadcasters, design and fashion businesses offered more conveniently located employment for the city’s nouveau riche. A steady rise in cafes and bars fueled the consumption habits of this cash-rich but time-poor professional clientele.” :28

“…Ross‘s (2008) argument that “creative” cities are successful to the extent that they garner erudite observations about bankable real estate hotspots for investors…. the lifestyle city imagined in these stories is a world where the aged, the unemployed, and the poor fail to register.” :29

“…workers acquiesce to a degree of diligence that is no way rationally rewarded. In their view, the problem is not that there is too much email; rather it is that email takes up time. And it is work time that is seen as the most precious time that email takes. A lack of institutional guidelines for email use in the organizations this study covered directly fed such ambiguous attitudes. Workers felt unable to “count” email communications as work because it had never been widely discussed in workload terms. This is in spite of its centrality to so many job roles.” : 53

“Aspiring professionals and educators with the opportunity to deploy cultural capital to secure both income and status have a particular responsibility to be self-reflexive about their own labor practices.” : 171

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