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Gender Trials: Emotional Lives in Contemporary Law Firms Paperback – February 15, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0520201088 ISBN-10: 0520201086 Edition: Second Printing

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Second Printing edition (February 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520201086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520201088
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is an exciting contribution to our understanding of gender and emotion in workplaces everywhere."—Arlie Hochschild, author of The Second Shift and The Managed Heart

"As a participant observer and insightful critic of lawyers' workplaces, Jennifer Pierce gives us a richly detailed picture of sex-based inequality and the strategies necessary to address it."—Deborah L. Rhode, Director, Keck Center on Legal Ethics and the Legal Profession, Stanford University

"Gender Trials is an important addition to the literature on gender and work. In studying each gender within different jobs (litigator, paralegal) and different jobs within each gender, Pierce uncovers the complexities and contradictions of 'doing gender' in contemporary law firms. The phrases 'Rambo litigator' and 'mothering paralegal' capture the normative and behavioral convergences of job and gender in these firms. In analysing resistance as well as compliance, and the emotional and identity costs associated with both dynamics, Pierce produces an insightful, and disturbing, picture of legal practice in our time."—Patricia Yancey Martin, Florida State University

"Pierce's lively first-hand account of women and men at work in several law firms greatly expands our empirical and theoretical understanding of what it means to say that occupations and work organizations are 'gendered.'"—Miriam Johnson, University of Oregon

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"This is an exciting contribution to our understanding of gender and emotion in workplaces everywhere." (Arlie Hochschild, author of The Second Shift and The Managed Heart) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1998
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GENDER TRIALS offers secretaries, paralegals, and lawyers a new "take" on relationships in the courtroom, the office, and the break room. Pierce's use of specific examples and her having been a paralegal herself provide good context for theoretical discussions--hers and ours. This is a must-read for all new female lawyers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TimothyArcher on January 18, 2014
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This book is a fantastic exemplar of social science research. Even if you are not interested in workplace or gender studies, it is still an excellent guide for how to conduct sociological studies in general.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dasom on January 3, 2012
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This book is extremely biased and dated. The research was done in 1980. Many of the scenarios may be interesting historically, but are not a relevant critique in todays age.
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