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Can digital presence reconfigure experiences of absence?

Jain, Juliet; Clayton, William

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Family Rituals 2.0 is a project based on the premise that work-related travel is unlikely to disappear in the foreseeable future. Many work roles – from truck drivers to CEOs – involve periods of absence, and often being away overnight. Travel which takes people away overnight impacts on family and home life; however, the emergence of powerful new digital communication technologies could challenge traditional experiences of such absence.

Many studies have considered the potential for digital technology to substitute travel and to enable more flexible working patterns that benefit work-life balance. Fewer have considered the potential for digital technologies in maintaining home life at-a-distance while absent through work.

The presentation will use the narratives of mobile workers and their families to consider how absence is conceived and managed, and the role played by technologies. It will also debate the impacts of these findings on the future of technology and work-life balance.

Presentation Conference Type Keynote
Start Date Jul 3, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Jain, J., & Clayton, W. (2014, July). Can digital presence reconfigure experiences of absence?. Presented at 5th New Zealand Mobilities Symposium: Future Mobilities and Resilience
Keywords family rituals
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : 5th New Zealand Mobilities Symposium: Future Mobilities and Resilience

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