My Job is my Life. Overlap between Life and Work in Spanish Companies

Hugo Valenzuela, Luis Reygadas, Francisco Cruces

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This paper analyses emerging forms in which life and work are interwoven, based on 20 ethnographic studies conducted in enterprises in Spain. Whereas after the Industrial Revolution work processes tended to be autonomous from the living environments of production agents, in recent decades a trend in the opposite direction has been observed in some companies. This re-articulation takes place at several levels: a) through the blurring of the boundaries that separate work and everyday life, b) through the reintegration of affective dimensions into work processes, c) in promoting reciprocity and sociability in the economic sphere and d) in the production of meaningful experiences at work. Are we witnessing an emancipating balance between life and work? Or, on the contrary, is private life being colonized by the sphere of production? In this paper we seek to explore a third form of analysis, that of reflexive modernity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-210
JournalRevista Espanola de Investigaciones Sociologicas
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015


  • Daily life
  • Ethnography
  • Job attitude
  • Job satisfaction
  • Organizational change
  • Working time


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