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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 Consent and Resistance in Paralegal Work

Gendering Consent and Resistance in Paralegal Work

(p.143) Chapter Six Gendering Consent and Resistance in Paralegal Work
Gender Trials

Jennifer L. Pierce

University of California Press

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

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