Telling Stories Out of Court: Narratives about Women and Workplace Discrimination by Liza Featherstone | 2900801473578 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Telling Stories Out of Court: Narratives about Women and Workplace Discrimination

Telling Stories Out of Court: Narratives about Women and Workplace Discrimination

by Liza Featherstone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801473578

ISBN-13: 2900801473578

Pub. Date: 10/28/2008

Publisher: Cornell University Press

"Few of the countless real-life stories of workplace discrimination suffered by men and women every day are ever told publicly. This book boldly and eloquently rights that wrong, going where no plaintiff testimony could ever dare because these stories are often too raw, honest, ambiguous, and nuanced to be told in court or reported in a newspaper."—from the

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"Few of the countless real-life stories of workplace discrimination suffered by men and women every day are ever told publicly. This book boldly and eloquently rights that wrong, going where no plaintiff testimony could ever dare because these stories are often too raw, honest, ambiguous, and nuanced to be told in court or reported in a newspaper."—from the Foreword

Telling Stories out of Court reaches readers on both an intellectual and an emotional level, helping them to think about, feel, and share the experiences of women who have faced sexism and discrimination at work. It focuses on how the federal courts interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Offering insights that law texts alone cannot, the short stories collected here—all but two written for this volume—help readers concentrate on the emotional content of the experience with less emphasis on the particulars of the law. Grouped into thematic parts titled "In Their Proper Place," "Unfair Treatment," "Sexual Harassment," and "Hidden Obstacles," the narratives are combined with interpretive commentary and legal analysis that anchor the book by revealing the impact this revolutionary law had on women in the workplace.

At the same time, the stories succeed on their own terms as compelling works of fiction, from "LaKeesha's Job Interview," in which a woman's ambition to move from welfare to work faces an ironic obstacle, to "Plato, Again," in which a woman undergoing treatment for cancer finds her career crumble under her, to "Vacation Days," which takes the reader inside the daily routine of a nanny who works at the whim of her employer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900801473578
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264

Table of Contents


Foreword   Liza Featherstone     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction: Women's Work: Writing Politics, Sharing Stories   Ruth O'Brien     1
In Their Proper Place
Dream Man   Susan Oard Warner     21
LaKeesha's Job Interview   Bebe Moore Campbell     29
Games Women Play   Achim Nowak     34
Gender Roles: Roadblocks to Equality?   Risa L. Lieberwitz     40
Unfair Treatment
Getting Even   Harriet Kriegel     53
Trading Patients   C. G. K. Atkins     68
Flint   Ellen Dannin     80
Bad Intentions   Risa L. Lieberwitz     90
Sexual Harassment
Plato, Again   Stephen Kuusisto     111
Be Who You Are   Aurelie Sheehan     116
Hwang's Missing Hand   Eileen Pollack     130
Sexual Harassment: Gaining Respect and Equality   Risa L. Lieberwitz     146
Hidden Obstacles
Artifact   Catherine Lewis     161
Final Cut   Kristen Iversen     176
Vacation Days   Alice Elliott Dark     192
It's All in the Numbers: The Toll Discrimination Takes   Risa L. Lieberwitz     198
Notes     213
Contributors     235
Index     239

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