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Economic migration and happiness - Hairdressing and emotional labour

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 13 October 2010

Laurie Taylor asks whether migrants who move to another country for economic reasons are likely to increase their levels of happiness with higher incomes. Using the USA as a focus for his research, Dr David Bartram from Leicester University uncovers evidence that casts doubt on this assertion and he's joined by Bristol University researcher Dr Michaela Benson who has written widely about migration and happiness.

Laurie's second topic for discussion is 'being paid to be happy'. Rachel Cohen is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick and her research paper "When it pays to be friendly: Employment Relationships and Emotional Labour in Hairstyling" is discussed by Laurie and by writer Michael Bywater, who explores the broader notion of being paid to be friendly.

Producer. Chris Wilson.

  • Dr David Bartram

    Senior Lecturer Dept of Sociology University of Leicester

    Paper: Economic Migration and Happiness: Comparing Immigrants’ and Natives’ Happiness Gains from Income
    Social Indicators Research
    DOI: 10.1007/s11205-010-9696-2

    Find out more about David Bartram
  • Dr Michaela Benson

    Research Assistant at the University of Bristol

    Title: Lifestyle migration: escaping to the good lie
    Editors of Book: Michaela Benson and Karen O'Reilly
    Title of Book: Lifestyle migration: expectations, aspirations and experiences
    Publisher: Ashgate
    ISBN: 9780754675679

    Find out more about Michaela Benson
  • Rachel Lara Cohen

    Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey

    Paper: When it pays to be friendly: Employment Relationships and Emotional Labour in Hairstyling
    The Sociological Review
    Volume 58, Issue 2, pages 197–218, May 2010
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-954X.2010.01900.x

    Department of Sociology, University of Surrey
  • Michael Bywater

    writer and broadcaster, a regular essayist for The Independent

    Find out more about Michael Bywater


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