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Dirty Work: Concepts and Identities

Simpson, Ruth and Slutskaya, Natasha and Lewis, Patricia and Hopfl, Heather, eds. (2012) Dirty Work: Concepts and Identities. Identity Studies in the Social Sciences . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 274 pp. ISBN 978-0-230-27713-7. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

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, medicine, sex work, sex call operations, finance 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.

Item Type: Edited book
Uncontrolled keywords: Dirty Work, Identity, Stigma
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5351 Business
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Patricia Lewis
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2018 16:28 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2019 13:21 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/71091 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lewis, Patricia: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9842-4412
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