Dennis Nickson

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Debates about the nature of work, employment and skill formation in the 'new' economy have, to date, neglected the notion of 'aesthetic labour'. Identification by us of this 'new' form of labour provides the basis to review some of the implications in relation to skill acquisition and usage, current training provision and social exclusion as it effects an(More)
Using mixed design analysis of variance (ANOVA), this paper investigates the effects of a subtle simulated increase in adiposity on women's employment chances in the service sector. Employing a unique simulation of altering individuals' BMIs and the literature on "aesthetic labour", the study suggests that, especially for women, being heavier, but still(More)
There may be differences between this version and the published version. You are advised to consult the publisher's version if you wish to cite from it. Abstract This article considers skill requirements in retail work, drawing on the example of high-end fashion retailing. It considers debates about the required 'soft' and 'hard' skills for such work.(More)
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