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Emotional labour in action: navigating multiple involvement in the beauty salon

Toerien, M. and Kitzinger, C. (2007) Emotional labour in action: navigating multiple involvement in the beauty salon. Sociology: A Journal of the British Sociological Association, 41 (4). pp. 645-662. ISSN 0038-0885

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Building on Hochschild's path-breaking analysis of service providers' `emotional labour', this article demonstrates some of the interactional skills required for emotional labour to be performed. Using conversation analysis (CA), we examine a single case from a database of recorded beauty salon interactions. The episode was chosen because it makes visible the mechanics of how a beauty therapist manages conflict between her `multiple involvements' in the salon: between her simultaneous engagement in topic talk and hair removal. We show first how she navigates this conflict and then how her actions may be understood as an example of emotional labour. The article addresses, then, both the feminist concern with making visible the skills of emotional labour and the conversation analytic concern with how participants manage multiple involvements in a socially meaningful way.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: beauty therapy, conversation analysis, emotional labour, feminist sociology
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Sociology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2009 15:25
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2009 15:25
Published Version: http://soc.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/41/4/645
Status: Published
Publisher: SAGE
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1177/0038038507078918
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7540

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