Rethinking 'mobile work': Boundaries of space, time and social relation in the working lives of mobile hairstylists

Cohen, R. L. (2010). Rethinking 'mobile work': Boundaries of space, time and social relation in the working lives of mobile hairstylists. Work, Employment and Society, 24(1), pp. 65-84. doi: 10.1177/0950017009353658

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Abstract

This article proposes that ‘mobile work’ be analysed on the basis of differences in the relationship of mobility to labour process tasks: mobility as work, mobility for work, and working while mobile. While working while mobile is a largely white - collar (and well researched) phenomena, mobility as work and mobility for work, involve a more diverse range of work, and are often omitted from sociological analysis of mobile work. The diversity work involving mobility is explored and is followed by an empirical investigation of mobile hairstyling, a form of mobility for work that has increased over last quarter century. Data is drawn from the Labour Force Survey and interviews with mobile stylists. The relationship between mobility and the construction of spatial,social and temporal work - life boundaries is excavated and it is contended that, in light of the full range of mobile work, it is difficult to argue that ‘place’ is of diminishing importance.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: School of Social Sciences
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/2248

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