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

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For rural clergy, the lines between private life and professional life can become blurred. 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.

In Defining Work Muriel Mellow considers how men and women in this occupational ...

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Overview

For rural clergy, the lines between private life and professional life can become blurred. 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.

In Defining Work 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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  • ISBN-13: 9780773531376
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Muriel Mellow is assistant professor, sociology, University of Lethbridge.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     3
Conceptualizing Work     19
The Context of This Study: Methodology and Respondents     48
Ambiguity: An Essential Component of the Profession     60
Defining Work in Accountable Ways     80
Defining Emotional Boundaries     106
Negotiating the Boundary between Public and Private     127
Conclusion     153
Methodological Notes     167
Coding Categories     172
Notes     177
Bibliography     183

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