Through a series of case studies of low-status interactive and embodied servicing work, 'Working Bodies' examines the theoretical and empirical nature of the shift to embodied work in service-dominated economies. Defines 'body work' to include the work by service sector employees on their own bodies and on the bodies of others Sets UK case studies in the context of global patterns of economic change Explores the consequences of growing polarization in the service sector Draws on geography, sociology, anthropology, labour market studies, and feminist scholarship 'Working Bodies' examines the theoretical underpinnings and empirical nature of the noticeable shift to interactive and embodied forms of work in service economies. Introductory chapters explore the transformation of labour markets in advanced industrial economies, the arguments for and against a radical shift in the nature of employment, the growth of inequality and assess the growing significance of the body/work relationship. Later chapters consist of a series of mainly UK-based case studies of interactive and embodied servicing work - from childcare and sex work to boxing, nursing and low paid jobs in hospitality. Combining geographical and sociological theories with empirical research, the author explores the interconnections between class, ethnicity, gender in the construction of workplace identities, as well as the spatial division of labor in the 'servicing' economy. Informed by the latest scholarship, 'Working Bodies' is an fascinating exploration of the growing significance of low-paid and often casualised forms of employment in the twenty-first century economy, challenging the insistence on new forms of knowledge work in conventional accounts of labour market transformations.