emotional labor

Angora cat with kittens swarming
From The Angora cat : how to breed, train and keep it / edited by Robert Kent James (1898)

57th chat, Monday May 2nd 2016: emotional labor

Moderated by @lettersfromvani
Storify (pdf, html) by @PoorCharlotte

Suggested readings:

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. What does emotional labor look like (and feel like)?
  • Q2. Is emotional labor part of your work, and if so, how? Is it part of your colleagues/coworkers’ work?
  • Q3. What are implicit and explicit expectations around the kinds of emotional labor library/archival/info workers do (and how do these relate to intersections of power and privilege)?
  • Q4.  How could naming emotional labor inform and transform critical approaches to librarianship? Beyond naming it, what else can we do?