By Susanne Hofmann, Adi Moreno
This e-book illustrates how intimate staff in several socio-cultural contexts negotiate the economic makes use of in their sexuality, identification, impact, and our bodies, thereby usually defying inequality, impoverishment, and source depletion of their areas. The reviews make clear the multi-faceted reports of matters desirous about intimate economies, oscillating among own empowerment and company, in addition to the necessary subjection to the calls for of the present marketplace regime, entailing participation in precarious employment, frequently regarding physically hazard, fiscal exploitation and stigmatization. The contributions reveal the interrelatedness of industry intimacy, family members economies, and transnational care preparations, and thereby problem Western notions of the topic and the unfastened market.
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Pratt and Rosner (2013, 3) challenge the dualistic assumptions underpinning local/global and intimate/global binaries. They state “intimacy does not reside solely in the private sphere; it is infused with worldliness. ” Global work is ultimately embodied work and that which is “intimate”—workers’ bodies, emotions, sexuality, and identity—is manipulated, molded, and represented in specific ways that are shaped by global forces. I will argue in this chapter that unlike body work such as sex work where the commercialization of the intimate is much more explicit (Wilson 2004), there are other forms of global interactive service work where the commodification of voices, emotions, and identities is more insidious and invisible.
RAJAN-RANKIN our bodies, Drew Leder (1990, 1) observes “this bodily presence is of a highly paradoxical nature. While in one sense the body is the most abiding and inexplicable presence in our lives, it is also essentially characterized by absence. ” Technology brings about a very specific form of decorporealized existence. ” Automated dialing systems replace human bodies with disembodied voices that are expected to transcend geographical and cultural boundaries. Through their voice alone, call workers are required to convey a range of complex emotions, meanings, cultural inferences, and generate intimacy and trust with their customers.
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Intimate Economies: Bodies, Emotions, and Sexualities on the Global Market by Susanne Hofmann, Adi Moreno