"Moral Wages" offers the reader a vivid depiction of what it is
like to work inside an agency that assists victims of domestic
violence and sexual assault. Based on over a year of fieldwork by a
man in a setting many presume to be hostile to men, this
ethnographic account is unlike most research on the topic of
violence against women. Instead of focusing on the victims or
perpetrators of abuse, "Moral Wages" focuses exclusively on the
service providers in the middle. It shows how victim advocates and
counselors who don't enjoy extrinsic benefits like pay, power, and
prestige are sustained by a different kind of compensation. As long
as they can overcome a number of workplace dilemmas, they earn a
special type of emotional reward reserved for those who help others
in need: moral wages. As their struggles mount, though, it becomes
clear that their jobs often put them in impossible situations
requiring them to aid and feel for vulnerable clients, yet giving
them few and feeble tools to combat a persistent social problem."
University of California Press
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Kenneth H Kolb
||Electronic book text - Windows
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