Defining Work: Gender, Professional Work, and the Case of Rural Clergy

McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2006 M11 24 - 216 páginas
For rural clergy, the lines between private life and professional life can blur. Their offices are often in their homes, parishioners are also neighbours, and professional duties are intertwined with emotional caregiving and volunteer activity. In a society that defines work as paid, public, and intellectual the ambiguity inherent in the life of the rural clergy poses unique challenges. Muriel Mellow considers how men and women in this occupational group conceptualize "work" in the context of their unique circumstances and shows how their experience raises questions for feminist theories of work.

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1 Introduction
2 Conceptualizing Work
Methodology and Respondents
An Essential Component of the Profession
5 Defining Work in Accountable Ways
6 Defining Emotional Boundaries
7 Negotiating the Boundary between Public and Private
8 Conclusion
Methodological Notes
Coding Categories
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Muriel Mellow is assistant professor, sociology, University of Lethbridge.

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