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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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Mothering Paralegals: Emotional Labor in a Feminized Occupation

Mothering Paralegals: Emotional Labor in a Feminized Occupation

(p.83) Chapter Four Mothering Paralegals: Emotional Labor in a Feminized Occupation
Gender Trials

Jennifer L. Pierce

University of California Press

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

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