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:

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this ethnographic study of litigation paralegals and trial attorneys at work, which has argued that gender shapes legal workers' practices at the same time that their practices constitute and reproduce hierarchical gendered relations. It also discusses the implications of the findings for sociological theorizing about sex segregation, the labor process, and the construction of gender identity in the workplace. The chapter furthermore proposes possible solutions to the problems that sex segregation creates for women legal workers in both feminized and non-traditional occupations.

Keywords: litigation paralegals; trial attorneys; ethnographic study; gender; gendered relations; sex segregation; labor process; gender identity

Chapter.  4219 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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