In pursuit of modesty: Contextual emotional labour and the dilemma for working women in Islamic societies

Faiza Ali, Jawad Syed, Diana Winstanley

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Abstract

The paper explores the experience of working women in Islamic societies from the perspective of the concept of modesty. While female modesty occurs as a value in many cultures, it is a particularly explicit and strong feature of Islamic doctrine. The paper describes the doctrinal underpinnings of this concept to suggest the probable ways in which this frames the experience of working women. The contrast between the emotional requirements of 'modesty' and the emotional demands of modern international organisations, suggests two sets of competing claims in the successful performance of a work role. This can lead to emotional tensions for working women, which demand further emotional work upon the self by the subject. In exploring the literature on emotional labour, we believe that the concept has ignored strong contextual dimensions particularly religion-based social norms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-167
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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