Defining Work Hardback

Gender, Professional Work, and the Case of Rural Clergy

by Muriel Mellow;

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Defining Work

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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.

Based on interviews with forty rural Protestant clergy, Mellow argues that male and female clergy challenge gendered definitions of work by focusing on obligation, context, visibility, and time. She also considers how clergy's work is shaped by the rural setting, arguing that we must consider how work is "placed" as well as gendered.

Defining Work by Muriel Mellow was published by Mcgill-queen's University Press in November 2006. The ISBN for Defining Work is 9780773531376.

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Details for Defining Work

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherMcgill-queen's University Press (November 2006)
Number of Pages192
Thickness18 mm
Height230 mm
Width161 mm
Product Code1010234
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