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Aesthetic labouring and the female entrepreneur: ‘Entrepreneurship that wouldn’t chip your nails’ / Katrina, Pritchard

International Small Business Journal: Researching Entrepreneurship, Start page: 026624261882340

Swansea University Author: Katrina, Pritchard

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Recognising significant interrelations between neoliberal and postfeminist discourses, we advance understandings of constructions of female entrepreneurs by unpacking their visual representation and exploring the role of aesthetic labour. Given the impact of contemporary media, we focus on key image...

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Published in: International Small Business Journal: Researching Entrepreneurship
ISSN: 0266-2426 1741-2870
Published: Sage 2019
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa47919
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Abstract: Recognising significant interrelations between neoliberal and postfeminist discourses, we advance understandings of constructions of female entrepreneurs by unpacking their visual representation and exploring the role of aesthetic labour. Given the impact of contemporary media, we focus on key images integral to the marketing of Mattel’s Entrepreneur Barbie as a postfeminist ‘cultural motif’ (Duffy et al., 2017: 262) and investigate how these representations of female entrepreneurship are consumed. First, we highlight the practical demands and emotional risks of the aesthetic labour required to achieve such postfeminist glamour. Second, links between conventional femininity and entrepreneurial success are both celebrated and challenged, highlighting perceived limits to achievement. Finally, we unpack understandings of the relations between entrepreneurialism and aesthetic labour to move beyond assumptions of the instrumental power of the makeover. Our findings thus, enrich understandings of the consumption of postfeminist images of entrepreneurs.
Keywords: Postfeminism; aesthetic labour; visual research, gender
College: School of Management
Start Page: 026624261882340