Body/Sex/Work: Intimate, embodied and sexualised labour by Carol Wolkowitz, Rachel Lara Cohen, Teela Sanders

By Carol Wolkowitz, Rachel Lara Cohen, Teela Sanders

An edited booklet within the severe views on paintings and Employment sequence linked to the once a year foreign Labour approach convention. targeting the physique and intercourse in numerous varieties of paintings, it explores the labour technique, place of work kinfolk and rules and resistance. Written by way of prime lecturers it comprises state-of-the-art research.

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Service work, as defined above, involves simultaneous production and consumption. What the worker does is part of what the service-recipient consumes. Therefore, in analysing social relations of service work interactions (and, thus, body work interactions), we need to consider the frames set not only by the organization of production, but also by the organization of consumption. In this chapter, given the constraints of space, I focus mainly on analysing the frame of consumption. In Korczynski and Ott (2004), I argue that the enchanting myth of customer sovereignty tends to be promoted across service settings.

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A storyteller cannot enchant a passive audience. There are two levels of knowing operating while the process of enchantment unfolds. The process of enchantment suspends disbelief – a process that a number of writers see as central to consumer behaviour. Although individual customers, at some level, may know that notions of their sovereignty are mythical, the fact they may still go along with this myth reflects the ‘distinctively modern faculty, the ability to create a illusion which is known to be false but felt to be true’ (Campbell, 1987: 78).

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