Dirty Work: Concepts and Identities

Hardcover | May 22, 2012

EditorRuth Simpson, Natasha Slutskaya, Patricia Lewis

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This book explores new understandings and contemporary experiences of dirty work – tasks or roles that are seen to be disgusting or degrading. Through novel empirical sites that include nursing, medicalization, sex workers, sex call operators, financiers and women's magazines, the book offers new theoretical insights into a form of work that is increasing in significance in the contemporary labour market. By drawing on concepts such as staining, embodiment and 'whiteness', it complicates the clean/dirty divide in the context of work and contributes to understandings of dirty work as contingent, fluid and socially constructed. It offers rich insights into the complex ways in which such work is experienced and the variety of strategies drawn on as dirty workers seek to manage identity.

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This book explores new understandings and contemporary experiences of dirty work – tasks or roles that are seen to be disgusting or degrading. Through novel empirical sites that include nursing, medicalization, sex workers, sex call operators, financiers and women's magazines, the book offers new theoretical insights into a form of wor...

RUTH SIMPSON is Professor in Management at Brunel Business School, UK. Her previous publications include Men in Caring Occupations and Gendering Emotions in Organizations (with P. Lewis).NATASHA SLUTSKAYA Lecturer in Organization Studies at Brunel Business School, UK. Her research interests include organizational identity and creativi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.93 × 5.66 × 0.94 inPublished:May 22, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230277136

ISBN - 13:9780230277137

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Notes on ContributorsIntroducing Dirty Work, Concepts and Identities; R.Simpson, N.Slutskaya, P.Lewis& H.HöpflDirty Work and Acts of Contamination; H.HöpflStains, Staining and the Ethics of Dirty Work; S.VachhaniReconceptualising Dirty Work: Investment Banking and the Financial Crisis; L.Stanley'Glamour Girls, Macho Men and Everything in Between': Un/doing Gender and Dirty Work in Soho's Sex Shops; M.TylerDoing Gender in Dirty Work: Exotic Dancers' Construction of Self-Enhancing Identities; G.Grandy& S.MavinDirty Talks and Gender Cleanliness: An Account of Identity Management Practices in Phone Sex Work; G.SelmiEmbracing Dirt in Nursing Matters; R.McMurrayDispersing of Dirt: Inscribing Bodies and Polluting Organisation; P.White& A.PullenGendering and Embodying Dirty Work: Men Managing Taint in the Context of Nursing Care; R.Simpson, N.Slutskaya& J.HughesCleaning Up: Transnational Corporate Femininity and Dirty Work in Magazine Culture; E.SwanManaging 'Dirty' Migrant Identities: Migrant Labour and the Neutralisation of Dirty Work Through 'Moral' Group Identity; G.Lee-TreweekPost-feminism and Entrepreneurship: Interpreting Disgust in a Female Entrepreneurial Narrative; P.LewisBibliographyIndex