Social Aspects of Place Experience in Mobile Work/Life Practices

  • Luigina CiolfiEmail author
  • Breda Gray
  • Anthony D’Andrea
Conference paper


This chapter examines the importance of “where” mobile work/life practices occur. By discussing excerpts of data collected through in-depth interviews with mobile professionals, we focus on the importance of place for mobility, and highlight the social character of place and the intrinsically social motivations of workers when making decisions regarding where to move. In order to show how the experience of mobility is grounded within place as a socially significant construct, we concentrate on three analytical themes: place as an essential component of social/collaborative work, place as expressive of organizational needs and characteristics, and place as facilitating a blending of work/life strategies and relationships.


Mobile Work Spatial Mobility Home Office Thursday Morning Mobile Professional 
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We acknowledge the support of Irish Higher Education Authority PRTLI and the EU Regional Development Fund through the Irish Social Science Platform. Thanks to the Institute for Studies of Knowledge in Society at the University of Limerick.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luigina Ciolfi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Breda Gray
    • 2
  • Anthony D’Andrea
    • 3
  1. 1.Interaction Design Centre, Department of CSISUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  3. 3.ISSP & Department of SociologyUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland

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