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Nepalese (New) Women Workers in the Hotel Industry: Exploring Women’s Work and Respectability

  • Mona Shrestha Adhikari
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Abstract

This chapter uses qualitative data to explore the experiential accounts of women workers in the hotel industry in Nepal as they perform and resist gendered work, aesthetic and sexualised labour. Findings illustrate that management has a role to play in the way femininity is produced; management expects and controls women’s work, aesthetic and sartorial practices and performances of labour through organisational codes of conduct. However, as a consequence of trade union, the presumably new power structure, women appear to be engaged in resisting and negotiating with the organisational codes of conduct. In the Nepalese context where growth of tourism industry is instrumental in the development of the country, could this indicate the emergence of ‘new’ women workers within the hotel industry?

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  • Mona Shrestha Adhikari
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  1. 1.Enterprise for ManagementEconomic Reform and Gender EqualityKathmanduNepal

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