Boredom and Academic Work
Introducing the notion of boredom into the academic context, Boredom and Academic Work proposes a fresh sociological perspective on boredom and academic work alike.
It invites a reader to reflect on the essence of boredom and the nature of academic work from the sociological perspective. It constitutes methodological and conceptual guidance for all those interested in their own emotions both at work and outside. It also provides an original, interactional and essential definition of boredom and a novel standpoint for observing academic work, both in its systemic and practical level, and shows how the academic system influences its subjects' well-being, motivation, emotions, and practices.
Covering various approaches from the qualitative methodology, linguistics, sociology of work, emotions, and higher education, and telling a story of research and teaching university staff, the book will be of interest to researchers in a broad range of areas and the general academic public as well.
Part 1: Defining Boredom
1. Methodological Problems in Dealing with Boredom
2. Theories of Boredom
3. Conceptualisation of Boredom
Part 2: Work-Related Boredom of Academics
4. Academic Boredom as a Systemic Issue
5. Academic Boredom in Practice