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Gendering Occupations and Emotions in Law Firms

Jennifer L. Pierce

in Gender Trials

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780520201071
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916401 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520201071.003.0001
Gendering Occupations and Emotions in Law Firms

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This introductory chapter explains the objective of this book, which is to investigate how sex segregation is maintained and reproduced through case studies of two law offices: a private law firm and an in-house corporate legal department. It aims to bridge the gap between two competing sociological explanations for occupational sex segregation and considers emotions or emotional labor as a site for the reproduction of gender. The book suggests that naturalizing the division of labor conceals the extent to which the gendered assignment of work creates and reproduces the asymmetrical distribution of power and resources between men and women.

Keywords: sex segregation; law offices; emotional labor; division of labor; private law firm; corporate legal department

Chapter.  8848 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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