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SOCY 303 Midterm: Lecture 9 (Week 5)

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SOCY 303
W.Andrew Silver

Feb. 7, 2017 SOCY 303 – Lecture # 9 (Week 5) • Last Time: o “Performing” professional work  Process-based understanding o Advancing emotional labour o Framing an ethnographic study of the legal profession • “Performing” professional work o Context  “doing” gender (West and Zimmerman 1987)  Performing gender (Butler 1990) • Advancing the concept of EL o Intersectional approach (gender, race, and class) o Authenticity and dissonance o Affective consequences o Competing motivations for engaging in EL o EL beyond the worker-customer context (everyday experiences of EL) • Today: o Mid-term o Framing an ethnographic study of the legal profession o Jurisdictional conflicts in law  Kay (2009) • Burawoy’s “manufacturing consent” (1979) o Why do workers actively choose to participate in the intensification of their own exploitation?  Identifies how workers increase productivity and thus increasing profit  Workers take the role of the managers o How does competition relate to consent? Feb. 7, 2017  Key question  why do they provide consent for their own explotation?  Managers use competition – it allows workers to choose to work harder they are not forced to work hard  they choose it  Labour process is what workers choose to participate at a daily basis o How do sales competitions serve managers’ interests? o How do the iron bars become invisible?  A system that exists without iron cage – efficiency and rationalization associated with modern society where individuals are limited  Weber  authority comes with position  Burawoy  bars no longer becomes necessary – they structure/managers no longer become necessary – bards become invisible because workers don’t see how they are choosing to work in the best interest for managers  Conflict in the workplace is re-distributed horizontally o Pierce’s extension of Burawoy  Reproduction of labour process through EL  Gendered labour processes  Emotional labour not just physical labour  Providing consent in participating in emotional labour  “Emotional labor is also part of the labor process in law firms. Paralegals, for example, are expected not only to do mental tasks, such as analyzing documents and completing legal research, but also to be deferential to trial lawyers and to provide emotional support for them. Similarly, the work of trial lawyers involves not only the research and writing of legal pleadings but also an emotional presentation of self as intimidating or strategically friendly.” (p.8). o Pierce’s ethnography  In what way is this study “ethnographic”? ➢ Immersing yourself in another culture (e.g. law firms) ➢ Participant observat
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