Folding in life: digital platforms and the socio-spatial extensions of caring and creative work

Authors: Robyn Mayes*, Queensland University of Technology, Penelope Williams , Queensland University of Technology
Topics: Gender
Keywords: digital platforms, work, gender, care work, time
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Roosevelt 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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As part of a broader program of research interrogating the socio-spatial relations and temporalities of paid platform work, this paper presents a critical analysis of discourses of work encoded on the websites of digital platforms mediating work in care and creative industries. In doing so, we seek to contribute to anti-essentialist feminist theorizations of intersections of digital mediations of work, embodiment and gendered spatial practice. Through particular attention to visual representation and engaging with Richardson’s (2018) arguments around the imbrication of digital technologies in the extension and intensification of working activities, this paper explores the ways that life is discursively folded into representations of ideal embodied performance(s). Our analysis highlights the uneven, often decontextualized, and industry-specific nature of this ‘folding in’. In concluding we attempt to link these mediations to material inequalities and the ongoing politics of ‘working life.’

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