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dc.contributor.authorDart, Jesse
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-10
dc.date.issued2019-02-28
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2123/21053
dc.description.abstractWithin the tech industry, free food has become so ubiquitous that it is nearly compulsory. Packed lunches have nearly disappeared as more and more companies provide free food at work with the stated objectives of increasing productivity, attracting and retaining employees and creating a sense of community through commensality. These carefully orchestrated programs, in some ways, are in place to reduce life’s encumbrances to the bare minimum for certain employees. Based on ethnographic fieldwork inside two companies that provide free food for employees, Eventbrite and Etsy, this research explores concepts of gifting, commensality and care. The aim of this research is to understand how these food programs are altering the relationship between employer and employee, how they work to support an agile, flexible type of workforce and also to understand the place of commensality in such workplaces as both exclusionary and inclusionary. Amongst other things, I found that despite the proposed nature of these programs they actually can’t change the fundamental dynamics of the post-Fordist office. Furthermore, by focusing on the social aspects of the workplace and the experiences of the employees, my thesis contributes to the ethnographic literature on the anthropology of work, food and advances a new set of ideas about commensality in the workplace.en_AU
dc.publisherUniversity of Sydneyen_AU
dc.publisherThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciencesen_AU
dc.publisherSchool of Social and Political Sciencesen_AU
dc.publisherDepartment of Anthropologyen_AU
dc.rightsThe author retains copyright of this thesis. It may only be used for the purposes of research and study. It must not be used for any other purposes and may not be transmitted or shared with others without prior permission.en_AU
dc.subjectCommensalityen_AU
dc.subjectGiftingen_AU
dc.subjecttech-industryen_AU
dc.subjectfooden_AU
dc.subjectanthropology of fooden_AU
dc.subjectlabouren_AU
dc.titleFeeding the Office: The Culture of Commensality and Free Food in the Tech Industryen_AU
dc.typePhD Doctorateen_AU
dc.type.pubtypeDoctor of Philosophy Ph.D.en_AU
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dc.description.embargo2021-03-12


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