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Mothering Paralegals: Emotional Labor in a Feminized Occupation

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/9780520201071.003.0004
Mothering Paralegals: Emotional Labor in a Feminized Occupation

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This chapter explores the gendered norms of emotional labor in a feminized occupation, paralegal work. It explains that paralegal work is feminized not simply because women do it, but because taking care of others is construed as something which women are well suited to do. Through deference and caretaking, paralegals function to support and maintain the stability of the lawyers for whom they work.

Keywords: paralegal work; gendered norms; emotional labor; women; deference; caretaking

Chapter.  7500 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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