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