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Tag Archive: Work

Office

I recently began work as a visiting assistant professor at a new university. I’ve finally settled into my office. My books surround me, and I love the feeling of it. Here is my… Continue reading

Surprising Words and Phrases That Made It Into My Dissertation

I wrote my dissertation about women’s experiences as practitioners of technical and professional writing in the workplace. I graduated earlier this month, but I’m still working on getting the formatting of the final… Continue reading

Calling All Female Editors and Technical Writers

As you know, I’ve been working on a Ph.D. in technical and professional communication.  I’ve finally hit dissertation phase, and I’m looking for participants. Here’s the official call: As part of my current… Continue reading

More Work for Mother

A social rhetoric surrounding household technologies, such as the dishwasher, is that these devices are “labor-saving.” Ruth Schwartz Cowan (1983) argued that this assumption of technology, especially technologies made for domestic work, is… Continue reading

“I’m Not a Feminist, But . . .”: Marxist and Socialist Feminism

We hear people say this all of the time, and yet they often go on to express “feminist” ideas and could identify as a feminist. There are many reasons why people distance themselves… Continue reading

Nobody Is Stupid

Have you ever looked down on a waitress, hair stylist, plumber, carpenter, electrician, or welder? The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker (2004) by Mike Rose addresses the smarts… Continue reading

Lawyers as Actors

The Trial Lawyer’s Art (2000) by Sam Schrager is a folklore study of trial lawyers as performers and as authorities.  Apparently, lawyers are really actors!  We see this through the personas lawyers take… Continue reading

Women at Work: Leaning In

Much of my research centers on women in the workplace, whether that be the home or a traditional office, and I look at women historically and in the current workplace.  So when Sheryl… Continue reading

Smartness, Exploitation, and Professionalism: An Ethnography of Wall Street

Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street (2009) by Karen Ho, an anthropologist, sounds intriguing before you open it.  However, the actual read is somewhat dry and boring, except for certain parts.  I read… Continue reading

Grumpy Secretaries

Why are secretaries so grumpy? As a former secretary, I know the job isn’t glamorous or ultra rewarding, but part of the job is to be welcoming and perky, so why are so… Continue reading