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    Aesthetic labouring and the female entrepreneur: ‘Entrepreneurship that wouldn’t chip your nails'

    Pritchard, Katrina and MacKenzie Davey, Kate and Cooper, Helen (2019) Aesthetic labouring and the female entrepreneur: ‘Entrepreneurship that wouldn’t chip your nails'. International Small Business Journal 37 (4), pp. 343-364. ISSN 0266-2426.

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    Recognising significant interrelations between neoliberal and postfeminist discourses, we advance understandings of constructions of female entrepreneurs by unpacking their visual representation and exploring the role of aesthetic labour. Given the impact of contemporary media, we focus on key images integral to the marketing of Mattel’s Entrepreneur Barbie as a postfeminist ‘cultural motif’ (Duffy et al., 2017: 262) and investigate how these representations of female entrepreneurship are consumed. First, we highlight the practical demands and emotional risks of the aesthetic labour required to achieve such postfeminist glamour. Second,links between conventional femininity and entrepreneurial success are both celebrated andchallenged, highlighting perceived limits to achievement. Finally, we unpack understandings of the relations between entrepreneurialism and aesthetic labour to move beyond assumptions of the instrumental power of the makeover. Our findings thus, enrich understandings of the consumption of postfeminist images of entrepreneurs.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Kate Mackenzie-Davey
    Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 15:04
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:46


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