Body/Sex/Work: Intimate, Embodied and Sexualised Labour (Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment)

Body/Sex/Work: Intimate, Embodied and Sexualised Labour (Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment)

By: Kate Hardy (editor), Rachel Lara Cohen (editor), Carol Wolkowitz (editor), Teela Sanders (editor)Paperback

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Body/Sex/Work focuses on the intimate, embodied and sexualised labour that occurs within body work and sex work. Bringing together an internationally renowned group of academics, it explores, empirically and theoretically, labour processes, workplace relations, regulation and resistance in some of the many work sites that make up the body work and sex work sectors. The book makes a key contribution to research recognising the embodiment of labour and the body, reframing the key questions in critical studies of work and employment. Key Benefits: * The first book that draws together the sub-disciplines of body work and sex work * Written by leading international experts * Contains cutting edge empirical research on contemporary topics Body/Sex/Work is an ideal companion for upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students of labour and organisation studies, body studies, gender, and sexuality. It will also appeal to researchers and lecturers in these fields.

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About Author

CAROL WOLKOWITZ is a Reader in the Sociology Department, University of Warwick, UK. After mooting the concept of body work in an article in Work, Employment and Society (2002), her book Bodies at Work was published in 2006. In 2007-9 she led an ESRC-funded research seminar series on 'Body Work: Critical Issues, Future Agendas' (co-organised with Julia Twigg and Rachel Cohen), which led to a special issue of Sociology of Health and Illness on 'Body Work in Health and Social Care' (2011) and other publications on the relation between embodiment and paid work, including, with Chris Warhurst, an article in another Palgrave volume in this series, Working Life: Renewing Labour Process Analysis. Her other books include the co-authored Glossary of Feminist Theory (Arnold, 2000) and two books on home-based work. She is currently researching the development of the body work landscape of South Florida for an article in a Special Section of Sociological Research Online on Visualising Work and Labour, co-edited with Phil Mizen. RACHEL LARA COHEN is Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Sociology, City University, UK. Her interests are in the sociology of work and employment, especially 'non-standard work', including mobile work, self-employment and homeworking. She has published from her PhD research on the working lives of hairdressers in a range of peer-reviewed journals, as well as contributing a chapter to a previous volume in this series, Work Less, Live More. Her current research explores the working lives of car mechanics and accountants. She has co-edited a special issue of The Sociology of Health and Illness on 'body work' and contributed an article, which explored the labour process consequences of body work. She also co-edited an issue of The International Journal of Social Research Methodology on feminism and quantitative methods. She was co-organiser of an ESRC Seminar Series on Body Work, and of a 2011 conference on this theme. She is on the editorial board of Work, Employment and Society. TEELA SANDERS is Reader in Sociology of Crime and Deviance in the School of Sociology & Social Policy, University of Leeds, UK. Her current research interests are in the areas of regulating behaviours and she has conducted extensive research in the sex industry. Currently working on an ESRC follow-on funding EKT project on Sex Entertainment Venues. Her published books are Sex Work. A Risky Business (Willan Press, 2005), Paying for Pleasure: Men Who Buy Sex (Willan Press, 2008) and Prostitution: Sex Work, Policy and Practice (with M. O'Neill J. and J. Pitcher)(Sage, 2009). She is currently writing up an ESRC project on lap dancing in a co-authored book Flexible Workers: Labour, Regulation and Mobility in Lap Dancing (Routledge, 2012). She has been involved in several editing projects: recently with Kate Hardy and Sarah Kingston, an edited collection from a postgraduate conference New Sociologies of Sex Work (Ashgate, 2010) and Sex and Disability: Access, Identity and Policy (Disability Press, 2010) with Russell Shuttleworth. In 2009 she edited a special issue for Journal of Law and Society with Jane Scoular on regulation, sex work and neoliberalism. KATE HARDY is a Researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, School of Sociology, University of Leeds, UK. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary project on aesthetic surgery. She is the author of journal articles on sex worker trade unionisation in Argentina, lap dancing, feminist methodology and geographies of sex work and co-editor of the edited collection Sociologies of Sex Work (Ashgate, 2010). She has recently worked with Teela Sanders on a large scale project funded by the ESRC on the lap dancing industry and is co-author with Sanders of the forthcoming book Flexible Workers: Regulation, Labour and Mobility in Lap Dancing (Routledge, 2013). Her academic interests include issues surrounding gender and political economy, sex work, trade union organising, atypical and informal work, women's movements, the body, gender, agency and resistance.

Contents

PART ONE: THEORISING BODY/SEX WORK Introduction: The Body/Sex/Work Nexus; Rachel Lara Cohen, Kate Hardy, Teela Sanders, Carol Wolkowitz Touching Moments: An Analysis of the Skillful Search for Dignity within Body Work Interactions; Marek Korczynski Work Equal to Any Other, but Not the Same as Any Other: The Politics of Sexual Labour, the Body and Intercorporeality; Kate Hardy PART TWO: THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND LEGAL CONTEXT OF BODY/SEX WORK Legal Constructions of Body Work; Ann Stewart Gender, Emotional Labour and Interactive Body Work: Negotiating Flesh and Fantasy in Sex Workers' Labour Practices; Barb Brents, Crystal Jackson The Frontline Costs of the Southern Cross' Decline; Joe Greener Hairdressing/undressing: Comparing Labour Relations in Self-employed Body Work; Teela Sanders, Rachel Lara Cohen and Kate Hardy PART THREE: SEXUALISING BODIES IN THE LABOUR PROCESS Altered Bodies, Engineered Careers: A Comparison of Body Technologies in Corporate and Do-It-Yourself Pornographic Productions; Lori Fazzino From Erotic Capital to Erotic Knowledge: Body, Sexuality and Gender as Symbolic Skills in Phone Sex Work; Giulia Selmi 'What Does a Manicure Have to Do With Sex?': Racialised Sexualisation of Body Labor in Routine Beauty Services; Miliann Kang Touch in Holistic Massage: Ambiguities and Boundaries; Carrie Purcell PART FOUR: DISCIPLINING AND RESISTANT BODIES Racing Bodies; Janet Miller Body work and Ageing: The Biomedicalization of Nutrition Practices; Giulia Rodeschini Getting the Bodies of the Workers to the Bodies of the Clients: the Role of the Rota in Domiciliary Care; Gemma Wibberley Saliva, Semen and Sanity: Flat-working Women in Hong Kong and Bodily Management Strategies; Olive Cheung

Product Details

  • publication date: 27/02/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781137021908
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 276
  • ID: 9781137021908
  • weight: 425
  • ISBN10: 113702190X

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