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This paper explores the professional identity formation of professionals and its relationship with their embodied physical image, with a particular focus on women in accounting and law. It examines the role of the professional services firm in defining professional body image, socialisation processes which contribute to the definition of the professional body, the role of the client in defining professionalism, the legitimation of certain types of embodied identities, and the importance of the body in defining gendered perceptions of the self.
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