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    Loving work: drawing attention to pleasure and pain in the body of the cultural worker

    Hope, Sophie and Richards, J. (2015) Loving work: drawing attention to pleasure and pain in the body of the cultural worker. European Journal of Cultural Studies 18 (2), pp. 117-141. ISSN 1367-5494.

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    In this article, we present our current research into the body and mind at work, with a particular focus on experiences and implications of enjoyment and love of work within the culture sector. This research is developed through the project Manual Labours that explores the historical conditioning between the body and mind in the so-called immaterial labour conditions. The project aims to identify positive and negative affective labour and the role that physical relationships to work can have in helping conceptualise current working conditions. The enjoyment of work leads to complex differentiations between work and life. This article explores the implications of exploitative labour conditions as self-employed or salaried passionate workers are internalising and developing a sense of ‘un-alienated’ ownership over their wage labour.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Affect, body, cultural work, freelance, labour
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC) (Closed)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2015 14:27
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:36


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