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

Gert Dressel, Nikola Langreiter


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


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


Copyright (c) 2008 Gert Dressel, Nikola Langreiter

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