Peggy Szymenderski - Chemnitz            
 Stadtratswahl Juni 2009


     über mich
     mein Chemnitz
     meine Hobbies

     Ausbildung und Beruf
     meine Fachgebiete
     Projekt: Polizei emotional

     meine Ziele
     meine Partei: SPD
     unser Wahlkreis

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  Biography & Academic Career  
1978    Born in Karl-Marx-Stadt (today: Chemnitz) in the German Democratic Republic
1993 - 1997   Secondary education in the "Sportgymnasium Chemnitz", a well known sports college
    I then was a speed skater, with some success in junior national and international competitions
1997 - 2003   Social studies at the Chemnitz University of Technology and Diploma in Sociology
2003 - 2005   Grant at the German Youth Institute in Munich
2006 - 2008   Research project "Blurring Boundaries of Family and Work" (at the Chemnitz University of Technology: School of Humanities and Social Sciences: Industrial Sociology and Sociological Technology Studies)
See abstract of my project ...
since 2008   Grant from the "Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung" for my doctoral project "Police in emotional distress. How to cope with professional duty, legal restraints and human compassion?" 

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  Social Studies and Research Projects  
Sociology of Labour
  • Interactive work in the service sector
  • Change of working conditions

Sociology of Family  &  Work-Life-Balance
  • Examine the tension in the relationship between work and family
  • Analyse practical ways of organizing family world and job demands
  • Research Project: Blurring Boundaries of Family and Work. New patterns of balancing private life and job demands.  (See details ...)

Sociology of Everyday Life and Emotions
(see: Police Research)

Police Research
  • Research Project: Police in emotional distress. How to cope with professional duty, legal restraints and human compassion? (See details ...)

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Blurring Boundaries of Family and Work

New patterns of balancing private life and job demands.
The present transformation of families means far more than a change in the social morphology of families. It is essential, in order to understand today’s families, to take into account an important factor in their social environment: the economy undergoes a transformation process which can be analyzed in terms of an inperpenetration. Its consequences for the families cannot be properly grasped with the formula of matching.

Family research has to face this challenge by focusing on the daily production performed by families.

The perspective on the motivations of the family actors can greatly profit by the conceptualisation of emotions as essential for understanding modern families and as importants agents of transmission and interpenetration between both systems, the economy and the family.

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Policemen and -women as emotion workers
A qualitative study on the forms of coping with emotional stituative demands in police work 

Full German Title of the Project:

Polizistinnen und Polizisten als Gefühlsarbeiter/innen.

Eine qualitative Untersuchung zu den Formen des Umgangs
mit emotionalen Situationsanforderungen bei der polizeilichen Arbeit“

Policemen and -women permanently deal with the conflict between
  • professional duty (including legal restraints and administrative procedures)
  • human compassion in extreme situations like violence or death. 
This inevitably leads to emotional discrepancies between how one feels and how one should feel. Generally speaking: You have to adapt either your behaviour or your emotions.
(This has already been demonstrated by Arlie Russel Hochschild and her study on the emotion work of flight attendants.)

In my research project I analyse
  • how the different emotional challenges are beeing met (e.G. by self protection, emotional distance, sticking to the duty, repression of emotions).
  • what influence the social and personal conditions have in this process:
    • in police work: feeling rules, masculine culture and hierarchy
    • at home: feeling rules, emotional support
    • personal: emotional self consciousness
  • which conclusions may be drawn to improve police work
For a long time, police research has been a neglected field of study in Germany. My project has drawn the attention of German Media ranging from the tabloid "BILD" to the alternative daily newspaper "taz"
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Copyright Photography: Wolfgang Schmidt / TU Chemnitz

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