Sociological analysis of time pressure and sleep under the current working conditions of capitalism: a case study on white-collar workers in İstanbul

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2017
Kurmuş, Emir
IIn this thesis, the main concern is to explore the time experience in the contemporary conditions of capitalism in Turkey. This thesis tries to do that through sleep and work both of which together take workers’ most of life-time, voluntarily or involuntarily. Sleep as a bodily act is mostly ignored to research by sociologists. However, nowadays, as long as sleep-deprivation or sleep-disorder becomes prominent issues for the workers, sociological analysis has become a requirement. This thesis claims that the transformation of sleeping practices and their perception, in one aspect, is about the current changes in capitalism and its working regime. After the analysis of semi-structured in-depth interviews with private sector-high qualified-under 35 ages-white collar workers in İstanbul, I come to the conclusion: In the face of acceleration and flexibilization both in working and leisure time relatedly, sleep frequently becomes a practice which can be seen as totally or partially renounceable for the workers to be able to have ‘more time’, even if it is thought as necessary or healthy for the body. However, at the same time, for the workers who are under pressure in terms of sleep duration and timing, sleep quality in a certain segment of time becomes more important, in order to perform better. 
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E. Kurmuş, “Sociological analysis of time pressure and sleep under the current working conditions of capitalism: a case study on white-collar workers in İstanbul,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2017.