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ERIC Number: EJ889506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2725
Passion Work: The Joint Production of Emotional Labor in Professional Wrestling
Smith, R. Tyson
Social Psychology Quarterly, v71 n2 p157-176 2008
This paper presents a case of jointly produced passion work. Passion work is emotional labor designed to elicit a strong response from subjects through an impression of extreme states such as pain, agony, or suffering. Based on an ethnographic investigation of professional wrestling participants, this study analyzes the backstage emotion teamwork that takes place within the self and with other performers. The study traces how performers do this physical labor and the social consequences of such work. The findings demonstrate that a) social rewards are intrinsic to performances of passion work, b) jointly produced passion work allows for the sort of breadth that is difficult to achieve in solo emotional work, and c) emotional labor shapes identity in recreational performances of the body. (Contains 16 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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