Physical Capital and its Consequences for Fitness Workers in Queensland

Glenda Maconachie, Jennifer Sappey

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Sexual, social and employment success have been linked to the physical capital drawn from having aesthetic attributes of the socially idealised body. In certain workplace settings, such as health and fitness centres, the body becomes a mainstream commodity with physical capital affording the fitness worker a high degree of distinction and adoration as well as employment opportunities. Theemployment relationship is shaped by 'lookism', with both the employer and employee taking advantage of the fitness worker's idealised form. The worker's physical capital provides a walking billboard advertising the employer's products and services, while exposure to comparison and adoration provides a heightened sense of self-worth, distinction and celebrity. Fitness workers appear to be prepared to ignore poor employment conditions or trade-off standard entitlements for the alternative rewards that their physical capital brings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-24
Number of pages20
JournalLabour and Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work
Issue number1/2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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