Working through the allotment

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JournalEphemera: Theory and Politics in Organizations
DateAccepted/In press - Feb 2013
Issue number1
Original languageEnglish


Using photography and critical reflection, this article explores the relationship between contemporary allotments and paid employment in the UK, making connections to contemporary debates about the future of work. Via interview data and portraits of plot-holders in Newcastle Upon Tyne it considers how allotments fit into working lives and the challenges and satisfactions they represent. The project critically reflects on the social theory surrounding work and leisure, looking at the interplay between emancipation and submission that epitomises modern leisure time. It argues that allotments represent a complex discourse on rebellion against and accommodation of an intensified labour process, which can inform discussion about how best to spend our time.

    Research areas

  • allotment, work-life balance, photography, visual methods, work

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