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Thinking Allowed: The social history of the gym and tattoos at work

Updated Friday, 8th May 2015

Laurie Taylor discusses the social history of the gym and prejudices against tattoos with his guests on Thinking Allowed. 

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Thinking Allowed, hosted by Laurie Taylor, is BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences.

On this week's programme:

Tired women in the gym Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Sebastian Czapnik | The gym:

Laurie Taylor explores the social history of the gymnasium with the writer and sociologist, Eric Chaline. Although this 'temple of perfection' appears primarily as a site for producing the 'bodybeautiful', this study finds it has also been a battleground in political, sexual and cultural wars. They're joined by Louise Mansfield, Sociologist of Sport at Brunel University.

Tattoos at work:

Andrew Timming, Reader in Management at the University of St Andrews, talks about prejudices towards body art in the service sector. Does possession of a tattoo impact on job prospects?

This edition of Thinking Allowed is first broadcast on Wednesday 13th May 2015 at 4.00pm on BBC Radio 4. For further broadcast details, and to listen again where available, please visit

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