Work and Play During Covid-19

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Joe Jones
Jon Winder

Abstract

The global pandemic and resultant lockdowns are challenging our traditional assumptions about the times and spaces of labour and leisure - but how were these norms established and why have they had such an enduring appeal? In this paper, we take a long view to investigate the philosophical and historical roots of the binary distinction between work and play and outline ways in which these long-held ideas are being increasingly challenged. As lockdown measures are relaxed, we urgently need to develop more nuanced conceptions of the spatial and temporal conditions of work and leisure to ensure a more equitable and compassionate post-lockdown world.   

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Author Biographies

Joe Jones, University of Kent

Joe Jones is a PhD student in the Philosophy Department at the University of Kent. His research concerns the intersection between technology and work, and focuses on the effects that automation might have on the future of work.

Jon Winder, University of Kent

Jon Winder is a PhD student in the History Department at the University of Kent. His research concerns the history of children's leisure and play in the UK, with a particular interest on the development of playgrounds.