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Built to last: ageing, class and the masculine body in a UK hedge fund

Riach, Kathleen and Cutcher, Leanne (2014) 'Built to last: ageing, class and the masculine body in a UK hedge fund.' Work, Employment & Society, 28 (5). pp. 771-787. ISSN 0950-0170

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Abstract

This article explores the ways in which male traders negotiate ageing in the highly competitive world of finance. It draws on a study of a UK hedge fund to show how ageing processes intersect with masculinity and class-based bodily practices to reproduce market-based ideals of the sector. Through developing the concept of body accumulation, this article provides a new framework for exploring ageing in an organizational context by demonstrating how masculinity, class and organizational values are mapped onto the traders’ bodies over time and in ways that require individuals to continually negotiate their professional value. This not only significantly advances current understanding of how one group of professionals navigate growing older at work, but also highlights the importance of understanding ageing as an accumulation process that takes into account temporal, spatial and cultural dimensions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: age, body accumulation, Bourdieu, class, finance, fitness, masculinity, older worker
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Users 161 not found.
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2014 16:41
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2014 16:41
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10866

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