Telework and regimens of engagement: Women and their critique of face work

Ana Gálvez, Francisco Tirado

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© Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. This paper puts forward a research on women and telework that analyzes their own explanations about their work. This analysis recovers the notion of pragmatic regimes of engagement developed by Luc Boltanski and Lauren Thévenot. This concept refers to the common mechanisms that people unfold in public in order to grasp events, persons and objects in a frame of intelligibility. Three axes define this notion: a) the relationship with the material world, b) the actor's skills and capabilities appearing in the previous rela-tionship, c) a moral axis. Research shows that telework women perform a pragmatic regime of engagement that provides an explicit criticism against the consolidated face work in our organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-165
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2009


  • Microsociology
  • Pragmatic regimen of engagement
  • Telework
  • Women


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