Sønderstrup-Andersen, Hans H. K; Dencik, Lars Tomas; Westerling, Allan
Roskilde University, Denmark
Currently the social boundaries between work and non-work are beginning to dissolve. Compared to the 19th and 20th centuries, working life increasingly intertwines with other areas of our social life. Especially this is the case with respect to our family- and everyday life. The concept of boundlessness has been much debated in the context of work. Boundlessness can be described as a movement towards dissolution of familiar boundaries in our society and in our work- and everyday life. On the one hand boundlessness could lead better possibilities for individual self-realization and a higher degree of social responsibility. On the other hand there is a risk the economic rational thinking corporations will have the opportunity to embrace every single aspect of our individual and social lives. This paper seeks to explore the balance between our everyday social life and our working life. The paper draws on a longitudinal study of everyday family- and work-life. The survey was first administrated in 2003 and again data was collected in the cohort in 2014. The paper will present the initial results from the study looking at relations between presence and absence in family and work life along a series of dimensions including time and energy. Moreover the paper will present the results of looking at changes, including technology based, changes in the configurations of intimate communicative and care-taking relations and the impact on the balance between family- and work-life.