Articles | Volume 68, issue 2
Geogr. Helv., 68, 105–116, 2013
Geogr. Helv., 68, 105–116, 2013

Standard article 10 Jul 2013

Standard article | 10 Jul 2013

Die Entgrenzung von Arbeit und die Transformation raumbezogener Orientierungen – Eine Annäherung in der Region Halle/Leipzig

G. Montanari1, K. Wiest1, and S. Wörmer2 G. Montanari et al.
  • 1Leibniz Institut für Länderkunde, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2Geographisches Institut der Universität Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Abstract. Major trends in society like flexibilisation, blurring of boundaries between life spheres and subjectification of labour come along with new requirements in individual's everyday life. In the scientific debate it has in contrast hardly been discussed how these trends affect different levels of society beyond social strata like the creative class. Referring to the concepts of reflexive modernity and time-geography the focus of this article is on temporal and spatial aspects of societal change and its effects on everyday life. Based on in-depth interviews and a household survey carried out in different residential areas in the region of Halle-Leipzig the paper points out how blurred borders between "work'' and "life'' affect individuals' space-time activities between new opportunities and new constraints. Here an inner-city neighbourhood and a community in the urban sprawl between Halle and Leipzig are under consideration to highlight different strategies to deal with weakening associations between activities, place and time emerging in different settlement structures.