Cameron2000_Styling_the_Worker

For this reason and despite some points of

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Unformatted text preview: tive or `verbal hygiene' practice (Cameron 1995), imposed from the top down. For this reason, and despite some points of resemblance, it is not wholly comparable either to the selfstyling practices of adolescents (Cutler 1999; Eckert 1996; Rampton 1995) or to # Blackwell Publishers Ltd. 2000 d:/3socio/4-3/cameron.3d ± 29/6/0 ± 21:6 ± disk/mp STYLING THE WORKER 327 the stylistic behaviour of workers modifying their speech (whether consciously or unconsciously) to advance their own interests in business transactions (Coupland 1984; Hall 1995; Johnstone 1999). It might be considered a case of `stylization', since it involves speakers giving a performance, the `script' for which has been written by someone else (literally in some instances, as will be discussed further below). Yet it lacks what might be seen as a de®ning feature of stylized utterance, namely the quality of calling attention to itself (however subtly) as a performance, of pointing to some kind of separation between the speaker's self and her/his speech at that moment. Though they may vary in their ability to bring it o€, service workers performing standard rou...
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