Rethinking 'mobile work': boundaries of space, time and social relation in the working lives of mobile hairstylists
Cohen, Rachel Lara. (2010) Rethinking 'mobile work': boundaries of space, time and social relation in the working lives of mobile hairstylists. Work, Employment & Society, Vol.24 (No.1). pp. 65-84. ISSN 0950-0170Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017009353658
This article investigates the relationship between spatial mobility and the labour process, developing a typology of 'mobile work'. Working while mobile is a largely white-collar (and well researched) phenomenon whereas mobility as work and mobility for work involve more diverse occupations and have been omitted from sociological analysis of mobile work. The article explores the range of work involving spatial mobility before focusing on a hitherto unexamined form of mobility for work, mobile hairstyling. Relationships between mobility, employment status and the construction of spatial, social and temporal work-life boundaries are excavated. It is shown that previous arguments linking mobile work with decorporealisation or unboundedness are inadequate, applicable primarily to working while mobile. Other types of mobile work may or may not corrode work-life boundaries; whether they do depends in part on workers' income security. Data are drawn from the Labour Force Survey and interviews with self-employed mobile hairstylists.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Work, Employment & Society|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of Pages:||20|
|Page Range:||pp. 65-84|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||University of California Labor and Employment Research Fund|
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