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Framing a Domain for Work and Family : A Study of Women in Residential Real Estate Sales Work - Carol S. Wharton

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.

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 *

Introductionp. 1
Working Full-Time on Their Own Time: The Lure of Independent Contractingp. 17
The Nature of Real Estate Sales Workp. 19
Being a Realtorp. 37
Arranging the Workdayp. 67
The Home Is Still Their Domain: Women Work within and outside of Their Family Responsibilitiesp. 81
Howework: Women as Realtors, Wives, and Mothersp. 83
Real Estate Sales Work as Gender Workp. 101
Good Job/Bad Job: The Perks and Piques of Selling Housesp. 117
Conclusionp. 135
Appendixp. 143
Selected Bibliographyp. 149
Indexp. 157
About the Authorp. 165
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ISBN: 9780739103678
ISBN-10: 0739103679
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 174
Published: 9th May 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.38