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Work of the Home and Social Relationships as a Guide to Domestic Care for the Elderly
New technologies might only partially solve the problem of elderly loneliness and social isolation. Ongoing studies analysed by means of a shared perspective promoted by London's Home Renaissance Foundation (HRF) and Rome's Bio-Techno-Practice (BTP) offer a theoretical perspective on this issue that could generate effective guidelines for technology design in this area.
The stated goal of the present Italian Forum for Ambient Assisted Living (ForitALL 2016) refers to "an innovative and integrated approach to address the socioeconomic challenges of an aging population, and thus ensure the best fruition of products and services". This is an interesting conference paper written by Giulia Frezza , Helen Keefe and Marta Bertolaso.
Work of the Home and Social Relationships as a Guide to Domestic Care for the Elderly
 
 
Colleagues and Bosses Are Not Your Family
The idea that employees are somehow "part of the family" is one of the most delusional metaphors of modern corporate life, according to this article.
The article defines some company strategies to persuade employees to become part of their organisation and, above all, to make them believe that they are part of the "corporate family". As the author argues, to invest less in our real families and more in our fake ones is unlikely to be a wise move.
Colleagues and Bosses Are Not Your Family
 
 
Bring Back Home Ec!
This article explores the relevance of the domestic science, as every time the educational system in many countries is increasingly adopting measures to teach young people home economics - the basics skills to shop intelligently, cook healthily, manage money, and live well- for the betterment of the home, as they've come to understand their major societal implications.
Bring Back Home Ec!
 
 
Identity, Work and the Home
This Colombian article discusses the current identity confusion that can occur due to busy and complicated lifestyles between work and home. Work and home are different areas, but areas that are closely related: they are permeable to each other and are interconnected in each person's daily life. Current trends in organisational studies have focused on the role of organisational contexts in defining identity and how members of companies negotiate the various issues around the 'self'. A brief mention is made of our Home and Identity Conference, which highlighted this topic.
Identity, Work and the Home
 
 
Discovering the value of Home
The following article from Mercatornet highlights the focus of Home Renaissance Foundation's next Conference. Home and Identity is aimed at fostering research in the silent spaces of the home, in particular the relationship between social and private identity within the context of the home. It is in situations like we have currently with the economy, that the home becomes more important.
Discovering the value of Home
 
 
Differentiating between Vocations and Careers 
Professor John Cullen from the National University of Ireland discusses the change effected in career planning upon considering an occupation as a 'vocation' rather than a 'job'. Viewing careers as vocations honour the values of the employee as opposed to 'filling a gap' in the labour market. HRF would ask the ramifications of applying the term vocation to work in the home and how this might challenge popular assumptions.
Differentiating between Vocations and Careers
 
 
Tidier homes, fitter bodies? 
Research carried out by Dr. Nicole Keith of the Indiana University suggests that there is a link between the cleanliness in the home and maintaining a healthy level of physical activity. "Are the types of people who take care of their bodies the same types of people who take care of their homes?"
Tidier homes
 
 
Housework Before Rock For Dave Grohl 
It is not the Rockstar lifestyle that is often presented to the public, but Foo Fighter’s front man Dave Grohl appreciates the role housework plays in his family life and in keeping his feet on the ground despite the band’s success.
Housework Before Rock For Dave Grohl
 
 
The simmering but stymied rage of stay-at-home mums 
An article that portrays a different perspective on the controversial child benefit cuts in the UK. According to Rachel Cusk, ‘For middle class women child benefit is not just about money. It is a rare acknowledgement that their labour has value.’
The simmering but stymied rage of stay-at-home mums
 
 
Media Ignore the Importance of Housework in Divorce Rates and Career Advancement 

by Londa Schiebinger and Lori Mackenzie

The article looks at two different studies, LSE researcher Dr. Wendy Sigle-Rushton’s study linking the amount of time husbands spend in housework with divorce rates and a study carried out at Clayman Institute Gender Research at Stanford University which looked at the role housework plays in academic scientists’ productivity. Based on these studies, the authors recommend professionalising household labour.

Media Ignore the Importance of Housework in Divorce Rates and Career Advancement
 
 
How to Hoover up those housework blues 

by Danielle Raine

Danielle Raine, author of Housework Blues: A Survival Guide explains how she came to realise how important housework is through a change in attitude and the discovery that professional skills could be used to run a home more efficiently.

How to Hoover up those housework blues
 
 
A Global Heart Transplant 
By Maria Pia Chirinos There are some topics that usually get written off because they are considered to be either a minefield of stereotypes (feminist claims), easily manipulated (immigration), or not worth discussing at all (housework). The combination of these themes can be explosive because it highlights something that is rarely brought up in debates about immigration: the care children and the elderly receive in First World countries is given at the expense of immigrant women who stop looking after their own children in their countries of origin.
A Global Heart Transplant
 
 
21st century housewives: at home and proud of it 
By Lesley Thomas, The Sunday Times
As the neo-conservative housewife has given up her high-status job to stay at home with her children and the housework surely the suffragettes must be turning in their graves!  In fact if money were not an  issue most mothers would prefer not to go out to work at all.
21st Century Housewives: at Home and Proud of it
 
 
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