Workplace Intimacy.

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Date: Spring 2021
From: Anthropology in Action(Vol. 28, Issue 1)
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 4,942 words
Lexile Measure: 1450L

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Amidst massive economic damage tension between the needs to save lives and save jobs has become the basis of a key political fault-line and a matter of daily on-the-ground management during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article we consider four especially salient changes to work-life wrought by the pandemic: (1) new workplace praxes pertaining to matters of touch; (2) erosion and degrading of the quality of erstwhile intimate relations in certain workplaces; (3) changes to senses of belonging and homeliness in workplaces; (4) and, reflecting on the particular type of work that we do, how the pandemic (and pandemic lockdown especially) is impacting our pedagogical and research practices. Throughout we reveal how the intimacies experienced within workplaces are being transformed--not always eroded or degraded, but also sometimes adapted, sustained in new ways (especially via new communications technologies), and even enhanced. KEYWORDS: COVID-19, intimacy, pandemic, work, workplace

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