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Getting to the heart of the emotional labour process: a reply to Brook

Citation
Bolton SC (2009) Getting to the heart of the emotional labour process: a reply to Brook. Commentary on: Paul Brook, 'In critical defence of "emotional labour" refuting Bolton’s critique of Hochschild’s concept', Work Employment & Society, September 2009, vol. 23 no. 3, pp.531-548. Work, Employment and Society, 23 (3), pp. 549-560. https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017009337069

Abstract
In an article published in this volume of WES Paul Brook suggests the need to strongly defend Hochschild's emotional labour concept, as it is claimed that I threaten it with extinction with the development of a new typology of emotion management in the workplace. This article seeks to reply to Brook's core concerns and deal with issues of substance about the phenomena Brook and I are both interested in. Mainly this paper considers how we conceptualize emotional labour and work, and how might that fit into labour process analysis? In response to the misgivings of Brook, the discussion will reveal why and how there is a need to develop analytically the idea of emotional labour, that the typology introduced in Emotion Management in the Workplace (Bolton, 2005a) offers a nuanced explanatory framework; and that labour process analysis is its theoretical home.

Keywords
emotional labour; emotion work; labour process analysis

Journal
Work, Employment and Society: Volume 23, Issue 3

StatusPublished
Author(s)Bolton, Sharon C
Publication date30/09/2009
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/10764
PublisherSAGE Publications for the British Sociological Association
ISSN0950-0170
Item discussedPaul Brook, 'In critical defence of "emotional labour" refuting Bolton’s critique of Hochschild’s concept', Work Employment & Society, September 2009, vol. 23 no. 3, pp.531-548
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