Edited By Burkhard Lemper, Thomas Pawlik and Susanne Neumann
9 If work changes to leisure time and freetime becomes work: Prof. Dr. Corinna Onnen
163 1 Introduction This text deals with some basic questions concerning the topic of time itself – not in a philosophical sense but in a sociological way of thinking. The focus is on leisure time, family life, work time and the balance between these kinds of time. The article discusses several key questions: Which role does paid work play in our lives? And even more: which role does a profession itself play in our lives? What are the consequences of the removal of the spatial and systematic constraints of work in a globalized world on our time schedules? What do people expect from their labour? How can we describe the relation between work and family life? And what else is essential for modern people? Do we find gender specific differences? 2 The significance of paid work and the role of profession If we try to analyze the complex topic of work-life-balance, we form the basis of a late industrial design for life (cf. Schreyögg, 2005). The main idea of this model is the division of work in terms of paid employment and non-work in terms of unpaid work and other unproductive operations. But it would be better to define more precisely “non-work” taking into consideration the time we spend with our family and our friends, other social contacts we maintain, skills to preserve our wellbeing, cultural activities, religion, philosophy and ideologies. 9 If work changes to leisure time and free time becomes work Prof. Dr. Corinna Onnen 164 3 Removal...
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