The thing that's not emotional labor that people call emotional labor -- labor managing others' emotions -- is a good concept and does have a name: affective labor
If my boss has me put up Christmas decorations in the office to improve morale, that's affective labor but not (uniquely) emotional labor
If working alone in the office at night makes me want to start a fire but I grit my teeth through it, that's emotional labor but not (uniquely) affective labor
The emotional labor concept is, in some sense, meant to measure labor in emotional toll on the worker in addition to claim on the worker's time and damage to her body
The affective labor concept is meant to illuminate the production, use, and pricing of affective goods and services
Yeah, I think this is the basically most useful way to cut the conceptual space here, given the admittedly muddled histories of both concepts

A construction worker managing her fear of heights is a maybe good example of emotional labor outside of the context of affective labor
In the other direction, it's extremely useful to observe that lots of (paid or unpaid) women's work whose object is to make somebody comfortable or happy is cold hard logistics work
On reflection there's a third kind of thing, probably closest to Hochschild's original emotional labor paper, where your own (apparent) emotions are part of the product or service
So we probably need three concepts here, sigh
Putting the mix and match of terminology aside, I'd want to say there are at least three prototypes expressing different aspects of emotional/affective/whatever labor: the flight attendant, the night watchman, the party planner
The party planner is a logistician working within the affective sector, the night watchman has to self-regulate his psyche to endure, the flight attendant's work-product includes her own emotions

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