Working Bodies: Interactive Service Employment and Workplace Identities

Working Bodies: Interactive Service Employment and Workplace Identities

Author(s): Linda McDowell

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

Print ISBN: 9781405159777

Online ISBN: 9781444310214

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310214

About this Book

Through a series of case studies of low-status interactive and embodied servicing work, Working Bodies examines the theoretical and empirical nature of the shift to embodied work in service-dominated economies.

  • Defines 'body work' to include the work by service sector employees on their own bodies and on the bodies of others
  • Sets UK case studies in the context of global patterns of economic change
  • Explores the consequences of growing polarization in the service sector
  • Draws on geography, sociology, anthropology, labour market studies, and feminist scholarship

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Locating Service Work

  2. Part II: High-Touch Servicing Work in Private and Public Spaces

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  3. Part III: High-Touch Servicing Work in Specialist Spaces

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