Framing a Domain for Work and Family

Framing a Domain for Work and Family : A Study of Women in Residential Real Estate Sales Work

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Framing a Domain provides fascinating insights into why women choose to sell real estate and why they have come to dominate the profession. Based on in-depth interviews with women realtors, carried out through the 1990s, Carol Wharton's work places this white-collar service occupation within the larger context of women's lives. It offers a unique case study of the gendered practices that infuse the workplace, and the ways women negotiate these practices to successfully 'weave' work with family obligations.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 15.2mm | 272.16g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0739109669
  • 9780739109663

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Working Full Time on Their Own Time: The Lure of Independent Contracting Chapter 3 The Nature of Real Estate Sales Work Chapter 4 Being a Realtor Chapter 5 Arranging the Workday Part 6 The Home is Still Their Domain: Women Work within and outside of Their Family Relationships Chapter 7 Homework: Women as Realtors, Wives, and Mothers Chapter 8 Real Estate Sales Work as Gender Work Chapter 9 Good Job/Bad Job: The Perks and Piques of Selling Houses Part 10 Conclusion
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Review quote

This timely study highlights how white-collar women in the service industry approach work and family objectives in a changing labor market in which contingent work is becoming more common. . . . Wharton's case study of women in real estate sales makes plain the connection between work-family issues and the larger social structure of employment, as she relates women's family experiences to specific occupational features. . . . Anyone interested in case study methods in occupational research will appreciate the broadness and carefulness of her work. * Growing Pains and Progess *
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About Carol S. Wharton

Carol S. Wharton is Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Richmond.
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