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    Mikomeseng: leprosy, legitimacy and Francoist repression in Spanish Guinea

    Brydan, David (2017) Mikomeseng: leprosy, legitimacy and Francoist repression in Spanish Guinea. Social History of Medicine 31 (3), pp. 627-647. ISSN 0951-631X.

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    We advance both mobility and paradox theorizing by advocating the new concepts of “mobility-isolation paradox” and “paradoxical imagination”. These emerged from examining the nuanced, multifaceted conceptualizations of the mobility-isolation tensions facing home-based, self-employed, online knowledge-workers. We thereby enhance current conceptual understandings of mobility, isolation and paradox by analyzing knowledge-workers’ interrelated, multidimensional experiences within restrictive home-based working contexts. We compare the dearth of research and theorizing about these autonomous online knowledge-workers with that available about other types of knowledge-workers, such as online home-based employees, and the more physically/corporeally mobile self-employed. This research into an increasingly prevalent knowledge-worker genre addresses these knowledge gaps by analyzing home-based knowledge-workers’ views, and tensions from paradoxical pressures to be corporeally mobile and less isolated. Despite enjoying career, mental and virtual mobility through internet-connectedness, they were found to seek face-to-face social and/or professional interactions, their isolation engendering loneliness, despite their solitude paradoxically often fostering creativity and innovation.


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    Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication following peer review. The version of record is available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Home-Based Online Businesses, Isolation, Knowledge-Worker, Mobility, Paradox Theory, Self-employment
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: David Bryan
    Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2017 06:28
    Last Modified: 17 Jun 2021 12:12


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