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Aesthetic Labour

Aesthetic Labour

July 2020 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This accessible and exciting new text looks at the implications of aesthetic labour for work and employment by contextualizing debates and offering a critical approach. The origins of aesthetic labour are explored, as well as the relevant theories from business and management, and sociology. Coverage includes key topics such as: corporate strategy; recruitment and selection practices; and discrimination.

Key features include:

- a range of case studies from across different types of organizations and popular culture

- the exploration of topics such as branding, 'lookism', 'dressing for success' and cosmetic surgery

- suggestions for further reading.

Chapter 1 Appearances Matters
Chapter 2 The Aestheticization of the Economy and Society
Chapter 3 If You Look the Part, You’ll Get the Job
Chapter 4 Ready to Workwear
Chapter 5 Body Talk: ‘signalling with more than looks’
Chapter 6 Irritable Vowel Syndrome
Chapter 7 Beauty and the Beast: The ‘Dark Side’ of Aesthetic Labour
Chapter 8 The Future of Aesthetic Labour

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Chris Warhurst

Chris Warhurst is Director of the Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick. Motivated by wanting to see better scientific and policy-maker understanding of work and employment, Chris is an Associate Research Fellow of SKOPE at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a Trustee of the Tavistock Institute in London. He was previously Professor of Work and Organisational Studies at the Sydney University Business School and Founding Director of the Scottish Centre for Employment Research at Strathclyde University Business School. He is currently Chair of the Editorial... More About Author

Dennis Nickson

Dennis Nickson is Professor of Service Work and Employment at University of Strathclyde, and was Head of Department from 2008-2014. His primary research interests centre on work and employment issues in interactive service work, with a particular concentration on the retail and hospitality industries. His work has been published in journals such as Work, Employment and Society, Human Resource Management (US), the Human Resource Management Journal, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations Journal and Economic and Industrial Democracy, and he is Editor-in-Chief of Employee Relations. More About Author

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