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Aesthetic Labour

Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism

Author: Ana Sofia Elias,Rosalind Gill,Christina Scharff

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137477652

Category: Political Science

Page: 402

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This volume approaches questions about gender and the politics of appearance from a new perspective by developing the notion of aesthetic labour. Bringing together feminist writing regarding the ‘beauty myth’ with recent scholarship about new forms of work, the book suggests that in this moment of ubiquitous photography, social media, and 360 degree surveillance, women are increasingly required to be 'aesthetic entrepreneurs’, maintaining a constant state of vigilance about their appearance. The collection shows that this work is not just on the surface of bodies, but requires a transformation of subjectivity itself, characterised by notions of personal choice, risk-taking, self-management, and individual responsibility. The book includes analyses of online media, beauty service work, female genital cosmetic surgery, academic fashion, self-help literature and the seduction community, from a range of countries. Discussing beauty politics, postfeminism, neoliberalism, labour and subjectivity, the book will be of interest to scholars and students with an interest in Gender, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Social Psychology and Management Studies. “This highly engaging, smart, and wide-ranging collection analyzes how, under the self-governing mandates of neoliberalism, the demands that girls and women regulate and control their bodies and appearance have escalated to new, unforgiving levels. A special strength of the book is its emphasis on the rise of ‘aesthetic labour’ as a global, transnational and ever-colonizing phenomenon that seeks to sweep up women of all races, ages and locales into its disciplinary grip. Highly recommended.” -Susan J Douglas, University of Michigan, USA the inherited responsibility that remains women’s particular burden to manage.” -Melissa Gregg, Intel Corporation, USA “This book incisively conceptualizes how neo-liberalist and postfeminist tendencies are ramping up pressures for glamour, aesthetic, fashion, and body work in the general public. In a moment when YouTube ‘makeup how to’ videos receive millions of hits; what to wear and how to wear it blogs clock massive followings; and staying ‘on brand’ is sold to us as the key to personal and financial success, ‘aesthetic entrepreneurship’ is bound to become a go-to concept for anyone seeking to understand the profound shifts shaping labor and life in the 21st century.” -Elizabeth Wissinger, City University of New York, USA

Hospitality

A Social Lens

Author: Conrad Lashley,Paul Lynch,Alison J. Morrison

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0080450938

Category: Social Science

Page: 203

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Hospitality: a social lens follows on from the unique contribution made by In Search of Hospitality: theoretical perspectives and debates. It progresses debate, challenges the boundaries of ways of knowing hospitality, and offers intellectual insights stimulated by the study of hospitality. The contributing authors provide tangible evidence of continuing advancement and development of knowledge pertaining to the phenomenon of hospitality. They draw on the richness of the social sciences, taking host and guest relations as a means of studying in-group and out-group relations with and between societies. The chapter contributors represent a multi-disciplinary, international grouping of leading academics with expertise in hospitality management and education, human resource management, linguistics, modern languages, gastronomy, history, human geography, art, architecture, anthropology, and sociology. Each lends their expertise to apply as a social lens through which to view, analyse, and explore hospitality within a range of contexts. Through this process novel ways of interpreting, knowing and sense-making emerge that are captured in the final chapter of the book, and have informed future research themes which are explored.

Human Resource Management in a Business Context

Author: Alan Price

Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA

ISBN: 9781844805488

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 648

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Human Resource Management in a Business Context 3rd edition is a comprehensive introductory textbook addressing the needs of business students studying HRM modules on first year courses and beyond. It approaches the theory and practice of people management from a global perspective firmly placing HRM within a wider business context. This delivers a highly accessible introduction to the subject for students approaching HRM from a range of business-related disciplines. The textbook has a truly international outlook with extensive real-life material from the UK, US, Canada and Australia throughout the book illustrating the practical application of key HRM concepts. This edition includes greater coverage of international HRM, diversity and organizational culture, and highlights HRM 'hot topics' including outsourcing, the aging workforce, and the psychological contract.

The Aesthetic Turn in Management

Author: Stella Minahan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351147943

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 582

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Organization students and scholars are able to trace the rise of aesthetics in management studies through the papers presented in this volume. The papers are arranged for individual review or thematic explorations of aesthetic thinking; including review papers and articles that focus on fashion, narrative, theatre, music and craft. This volume is a major contribution for those seeking alternatives to rational and positivist perspectives on management and who are willing to explore those alternatives beyond the usual disciplinary bases.

This Year's Model

Fashion, Media, and the Making of Glamour

Author: Elizabeth Wissinger

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479864773

Category: Design

Page: 352

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Over the last four decades, the fashion modeling industry has become a lightning rod for debates about Western beauty ideals, the sexual objectification of women, and consumer desire. Yet, fashion models still captivate, embodying all that is cool, glam, hip, and desirable. They are a fixture in tabloids, magazines, fashion blogs, and television. Why exactly are models so appealing? And how do these women succeed in so soundly holding our attention? In This Year’s Model, Elizabeth Wissinger weaves together in-depth interviews and research at model castings, photo shoots, and runway shows to offer a glimpse into the life of the model throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Once an ad hoc occupation, the “model life” now involves a great deal of physical and virtual management of the body, or what Wissinger terms “glamour labor.” Wissinger argues that glamour labor—the specialized modeling work of self-styling, crafting a ‘look,’ and building an image—has been amplified by the rise of digital media, as new technologies make tinkering with the body’s form and image easy. Models can now present self-fashioning, self-surveillance, and self-branding as essential behaviors for anyone who is truly in the know and ‘in fashion.’ Countless regular people make it their mission to achieve this ideal, not realizing that technology is key to creating the unattainable standard of beauty the model upholds—and as Wissinger argues, this has been the case for decades, before Photoshop even existed. Both a vividly illustrated historical survey and an incisive critique of fashion media, This Year’s Model demonstrates the lasting cultural influence of this unique form of embodied labor.

Fashioning Models

Image, Text and Industry

Author: Joanne Entwistle,Elizabeth Wissinger

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0857853112

Category: Design

Page: 224

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The fashion model's hold on popular consciousness is undeniable. How did models emerge as such powerful icons in modern consumer culture? This volume brings together cutting-edge articles on fashion models, examining modelling through race, class and gender, as well as its structure as an aesthetic marketplace within the global fashion economy. Essays include treatments of the history of fashion modelling, exploring how concerns about racial purity and the idealization of light skinned black women shaped the practice of modelling in its early years. Other essays examine how models have come to define femininity through consumer culture. While modelling's global nature is addressed throughout, chapters deal specifically with model markets in Australia and Tokyo, where nationalist concerns colour what is considered a pretty face. It also considers how models glamorize consumption through everyday activities, and neoliberal labour forms via reality TV. With commentaries from industry professionals who experienced the cultural juggernaut of the supermodels, the final essay situates their impact within the rise of brand culture and the globalization of fashion markets since 1990. Accessible and highly engaging, Fashioning Models is essential reading for students and scholars of fashion and related disciplines.

Red Kant: Aesthetics, Marxism and the Third Critique

Author: Michael Wayne

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472508688

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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Is Kant really the 'bourgeois' philosopher that his advocates and opponents take him to be? In this bold and original re-thinking of Kant, Michael Wayne argues that with his aesthetic turn in the Third Critique, Kant broke significantly from the problematic philosophical structure of the Critique of Pure Reason. Through his philosophy of the aesthetic Kant begins to circumnavigate the dualities in his thought. In so doing he shows us today how the aesthetic is a powerful means for imagining our way past the apparent universality of contemporary capitalism. Here is an unfamiliar Kant: his concepts of beauty and the sublime are reinterpreted as attempts to socialise the aesthetic while Wayne reconstructs the usually hidden genealogy between Kant and important Marxist concepts such as totality, dialectics, mediation and even production. In materialising Kant's philosophy, this book simultaneously offers a Marxist defence of creativity and imagination grounded in our power to think metaphorically and in Kant's concept of reflective judgment. Wayne also critiques aspects of Marxist cultural theory that have not accorded the aesthetic the relative autonomy and specificity which it is due. Discussing such thinkers as Adorno, Bourdieu, Colletti, Eagleton, Lukács, Ranciére and others, Red Kant: Aesthetics, Marxism and the Third Critique presents a new reading of Kant's Third Critique that challenges Marxist and mainstream assessments of Kant alike.

The Aesthetic Economy of Fashion

Markets and Value in Clothing and Modelling

Author: Joanne Entwistle

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 1847887473

Category: Design

Page: 224

View: 4106

Fashion is bound up with promoting the 'new', concerned with constantly changing aesthetics. The favoured styles or looks of a season arise out of the work of a vast range of different actors who collectively produce, select, distribute and promote the new ideals, before moving on to next season. How, then, are fashionable commodities stabilized long enough for them to be selected, distributed and sold? Since there are few studies that actually examine the work that goes on inside the world of fashion, we know little about these processes. This book addresses this gap in our knowledge by examining how aesthetic products are defined, distributed and valued. It focuses attention on the work of some of the market agents, particularly model agents or 'bookers' and fashion buyers, shaping the aesthetics inside their markets. In analysing their work, Entwistle develops a theoretical framework for understanding the distinctive features of aesthetic marketplaces and the aesthetic calculations within them.

Gender Capital at Work

Intersections of Femininity, Masculinity, Class and Occupation

Author: K. Huppatz

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137284218

Category: Social Science

Page: 199

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Drawing on interviews with nurses, social workers, exotic dancers and hairdressers, this book explores the processes involved in producing and reproducing gendered and classed workers and occupations.

Managing Human Resources

Human Resource Management in Transition

Author: Stephen Bach,Martin Edwards

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118509986

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 440

View: 2824

This revised edition is a comprehensive, authoritative set ofessays. It is more detailed and analytical than the mainstreamtreatments of HRM. As in previous editions, Managing Human Resources analyses HRM,the study of work and employment, using an integratedmulti-disciplinary approach. The starting point is a recognitionthat HRM practice and firm performance are influenced by a varietyof institutional arrangements that extend beyond the firm. Theconsequences of HRM need to incorporate analysis of employees andother stakeholders as well as the implications for organizationalperformance.

Working Aesthetics

Labour, Art and Capitalism

Author: Danielle Child

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 135002239X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

View: 304

Working Aesthetics is about the relationship between art and work under contemporary capitalism. Whilst labour used to be regarded as an unattractive subject for art, the proximity of work to everyday life has subsequently narrowed the gap between work and art. The artist is no longer considered apart from the economic, but is heralded as an example of how to work in neoliberal management textbooks. As work and life become obscured within the contemporary period, this book asks how artistic practice is affected, including those who labour for artists. Through a series of case studies, Working Aesthetics critically examines the moments in which labour and art intersect under capitalism. When did labour disappear from art production, or accounts of art history? Can we consider the dematerialization of art in the 1960s in relation to the deskilling of work? And how has neoliberal management theory adopting the artist as model worker affected artistic practices in the 21st century? With the narrowing of work and art visible in galleries and art discourse today, Working Aesthetics takes a step back to ask why labour has become a valid subject for contemporary art, and explores what this means for aesthetic culture today.

Gender Media Studies

Eine Einführung

Author: Margreth Lünenborg,Tanja Maier

Publisher: UTB

ISBN: 3825238725

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Klassische Medien wie Rundfunk, Film und Fernsehen sind ebenso wie die „Neuen Medien“ Internet oder Computerspiele längst Gegenstand der Geschlechterforschung. Dieses Lehrbuch macht mit Begriffen, Theorien und Problemen des Feldes vertraut und befähigt Studierende, dies auf aktuelle Phänomene anzuwenden. Die Autorinnen stellen theoretische Modelle der Geschlechterforschung vor und beschreiben ihre Anwendung in der Medienforschung. Zentrale Begriffe werden erläutert und Fragen zur methodischen Anlage von Gender Media Studies diskutiert. Zahlreiche Fallbeispiele verdeutlichen den spezifischen Ertrag der Geschlechterforschung für die Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaften. Zugleich liefern sie Material, um die konkrete Umsetzung von Forschungsfragen in eigene empirische Arbeiten zu erproben. Wie wandeln sich Geschlechterverhältnisse in Journalismus und PR? Wie lassen sich Medientexte in Zeitung, Fernsehen oder Internet analysieren? Das Buch integriert sowohl sozial- als auch kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven zum Verständnis von Geschlecht im gesamten Spektrum der Medienkommunikation.

Body and Organization

Author: John Hassard,Ruth Holliday,Hugh Willmott

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761959182

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 254

View: 7680

Issues around identity, agency and reflexivity are opened up and explored in a refreshing new perspective that deepens our understanding of organization and institutions. Body and Organization thorougly invigorates the study of process and brings the organization to three-dimensional life for a new generation of students and researchers.

The Oxford Handbook of Process Philosophy and Organization Studies

Author: Jenny Helin,Tor Hernes,Daniel Hjorth,Robin Holt

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191648108

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 648

View: 8453

Process approaches to organization studies focus on flow, activities, and evolution, understanding organizations and organizing as processes in the making. They stand in contrast to positivist approaches that see organizations and phenomena as fixed, static, and measurable. Process approaches draw on a range of ideas and philosophies. The Handbook examines 34 philosophers and social theorists, both those commonly linked to process thinking, such as Whitehead, Bergson and James, and those that are not as often addressed from a process perspective such as Dilthey and Tarde. Each chapter addresses the background and context of this thinker, their work (with a focus on the processual elements), and the potential contribution to organization and management research. For students and scholars in the field of Organization Studies this book is an entry point into the work of philosophical thinkers and social theorists for whom the world is far from being a solid place.

The Airline Industry

Author: Martin Fojt

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1846630126

Category: Airlines

Page: 53

View: 8759

The Airline industry has been under increasing pressure recently, from the increased competition of low-cost airlines and the terrorist events of 2001 to name but a few. Various US airlines, including Delta and Northwest, have been declared bankrupt, oil prices have soared, and seat prices are still being forced down, the supply far outweighing the demand. This e-book looks at recent case studies of airlines in crisis (Continental Airlines), and also airlines which have excelled at expansion during this turbulent time such as Easyjet and Ryanair, and offers examples of successful strategies previously used. The collection also features interviews with high-profile figures from airlines such as Go!, Qatar Airways and SWISS International Airlines.

Critical Concepts in Management and Organization Studies

Key Terms and Concepts

Author: Peter Stokes

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230344313

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 1290

Critical Concepts in Management and Organization Studies provides an accessible introduction to the key themes of critical management studies. An ideal companion for students studying critical management and organizations, it breaks down the complex language, concepts and philosophical underpinnings defining critical management studies.

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