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Gender TrialsEmotional Lives in Contemporary Law Firms$
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Jennifer Pierce

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780520201071

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520201071.001.0001

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Gendering Occupations and Emotions in Law Firms

Gendering Occupations and Emotions in Law Firms

(p.1) Chapter One Gendering Occupations and Emotions in Law Firms
Gender Trials

Jennifer L. Pierce

University of California Press

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

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