Lebenspraxis Wissenschaft? Von der praktischen Sperrigkeit des Work-Life-Balance-Konzepts im wissenschaftlichen Feld

Author(s)
Tanja Paulitz, Melanie Goisauf, Sarah Zapusek
Abstract

The concept of work-life-balance (WLB) aims to improve reconciling the areas of work and life, which are considered as structurally divided in society by sociology. This separation is actually discussed as blurring of boundaries between work and other areas of life. Building on this, the article addresses WLB in academia by following the approach of practice theories and discusses findings of an empirical study at an Austrian university. Referring to existing literature the analysis of qualitative interviews indicates that the idea of balancing academic work and life is contradicted by the constitutive logic in the academic field. The guiding image of a “life for academia” dominates the discourse on professional academic practice and private life, and centres work on research and on being present in the academic field as the actual life. © 2016, Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden.

Organisation(s)
Department of Science and Technology Studies
Journal
Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie
Volume
41
Pages
319-337
ISSN
1011-0070
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11614-016-0220-z
Publication date
09-2016
Publication status
Published
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
504002 Sociology of work, 504014 Gender studies
Keywords
Work-Life-Balance, Academia, Scientific Work, Reconciliation, Practice Theory, Discourse Analysis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
Sociology and Political Science, Gender Studies
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/lebenspraxis-wissenschaft-von-der-praktischen-sperrigkeit-des-worklifebalancekonzepts-im-wissenschaftlichen-feld(929e6b8a-cfaa-49fc-8b4e-f425594f0507).html