Academic Work—Faster, Higher, Further? On the (Missing) Proportion of Work to Spare Time in the (Cultural) Sciences


  • Gert Dressel iff Wien
  • Nikola Langreiter Universität Wien



studies of culture, work, profession, vocation, career, recognition, happiness, private life, family, leisure time, biography, interview


We make the practices of the academic production of knowledge a subject of critical discussion by focusing on the world of academic work and the academics themselves. Based on interviews with academics in the field of cultural sciences we conclude that with regard to their daily routines, their annual schedules, and their life-courses the so-called private life (family life, leisure time etc.) becomes dominated by the social and cultural logics of the working sphere. Although it might appear exaggerated, we will refer to the humanities as a "total institution" which entails social, physical, and mental costs for its "inmates" as well as for those who never managed to become "inmates" (in spite of their efforts) and those who don’t belong to the institution any more. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0801385


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Author Biographies

Gert Dressel, iff Wien

Gert DRESSEL, geb. 1964, Historiker, Mitarbeiter der "Dokumentation lebensgeschichtlicher Aufzeichnungen" am Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte der Universität Wien und an der Fakultät für Interdisziplinäre Forschung und Fortbildung (iff Wien, der Universität Klagenfurt.

Nikola Langreiter, Universität Wien

Nikola LANGREITER, geb. 1970, Studium der Volkskunde (Europäische Ethnologie) und Publizistik/Kommunikationswissenschaft; arbeitet als Redakteurin von "L'HOMME. Europäische Zeitschrift für Feministische Geschichtswissenschaft", als freiberufliche Wissenschaftlerin und externe Lektorin an den Universitäten Innsbruck und Wien.



How to Cite

Dressel, G., & Langreiter, N. (2008). Academic Work—Faster, Higher, Further? On the (Missing) Proportion of Work to Spare Time in the (Cultural) Sciences. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(1).