Gendering Consent and Resistance in Paralegal Work

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:
Gendering Consent and Resistance in Paralegal Work

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This chapter examines how gender influences the positioning of paralegals, as workers treated in certain ways by their employers are subject to particular expectations with regard to the emotional division of labor. It considers legal assistants who “do gender” through their interactions with others in the firm and by performing emotional labor. The chapter argues that even when paralegals resist “feeling rules” implicit in their occupational life, the individualized coping strategies they choose serve to produce the gendering of the labor process within law firms.

Keywords: gender; paralegals; division of labor; emotional labor; feeling rules; gendering; labor process; law firms

Chapter.  12308 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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