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‘Knows how to please a man’: studying customers to understand service work

Pettinger, Lynne (2011) '‘Knows how to please a man’: studying customers to understand service work.' The Sociological Review, 59 (2). pp. 223-241. ISSN 0038-0261

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This paper argues that sociologists interested in service work in consumer culture should pay attention to customers' understandings and accounts of their experience and participation in service encounters. It takes the market for sex as a case study and counters the neglect of customers within the study of service work by analysing customer service reviews of paid-for sex published on a UK website, Punternet. It argues that male customers, familiar with the norms of consumer culture, assess the erotic, aesthetic and emotional labours performed by female workers to make judgements of service quality which suggests that the feminised ‘good worker’ is defined as professional when they disguise the market transaction.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2013 21:25
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2013 21:25

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