Like summer and good sex?: The limitations of the work-life balance campaign

Shorthose, James (2004) Like summer and good sex?: The limitations of the work-life balance campaign. Capital & Class, 28 (1). pp. 1-8. ISSN 0309-8168

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F030981680408200101

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Abstract

With reference to aspects of Herbert Marcuse, this article explores the limitations of the work-life balance campaign. It argues that it is in essence ‘one dimensional’, and that its underlying trajectory is one of the ‘containment’ of work-life balance readjustments to within the pre-established limits of managerial rationality and capitalist organisation. It contrasts this limited campaign with theories of working-time reduction that offer the potential for an expanded realm of autonomy and a more thorough-going liberation of time from work.

Keywords:work-life balance campaign, Herbert Marcuse
ID Code:35308
Deposited On:08 Mar 2019 08:46

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