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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 brings new sociological focus to the work of women realtors. The book 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. Framing a Domain not only provides an excellent occupational study of residential real estate salespeople but contributes much to our understanding of gender and work in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 174Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
978-0-7391-0367-8 • Hardback • May 2002 • $88.00 • (£60.00)
978-0-7391-0966-3 • Paperback • October 2004 • $39.99 • (£24.95)
Carol S. Wharton is Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Richmond.
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
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.
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