This study applies the concept of care to examine how home-work transitions of high-tech men affect others in these two places, namely their wives and managers. The high-tech industry is famous for its particularly demanding culture and masculine disposition, which contest daily involvement with family and domestic affairs. Care is conceptualized as a wide-ranging multifaceted notion that embraces work, morals, and policy, and is represented by the exchange of various tangible and intangible, resources across the home-work divide. In-depth interviews with 22 high-tech managers and 47 wives of high-tech engineers disclose a well-established reciprocity of care resources. The managers reward the wives' nonmaterial support of the engineers/husbands with rhetorical recognition and nonfinancial benefits. The spatialization of care across the home-work divide is discussed, pointing to its hierarchical - not only contextual - relations.
- family policy
- home-work relations
- traditional family
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Gender Studies
- Cultural Studies
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)