Enactors or reactors? Work-life border management for women in law in Nigeria

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Beauregard, T. A. and Adisa, T. A. 2021. Enactors or reactors? Work-life border management for women in law in Nigeria. Community, Work and Family. https://doi.org/10.1080/13668803.2021.1968796
AuthorsBeauregard, T. A. and Adisa, T. A.
Abstract

Work-family border theory casts individuals as protagonists who are enactive rather than reactive in shaping borders between work and personal life domains. To what extent is this the case in strongly patriarchal contexts that constrain women’s personal agency? This qualitative study conducted with 32 female lawyers, magistrates and justices in Nigeria shows how participants engage in new border management tactics in response to context-specific institutional and social factors. Faced with public harassment and physical assault in a country where violence against women is normalised, female legal professionals restructure family borders to extend no further than their homes and retain police attachés as border-keepers. When their families are reconfigured via nonconsensual polygamous marriages, women’s work borders are strengthened by co-wives performing domestic labour and family borders are strengthened by co-wives’ assistance with job tasks, thereby reducing participants’ work-family conflict. Rather than strategically enacting work-life borders within known situational constraints, Nigerian female legal professionals react to involuntary events that limit their agency to negotiate desired work and personal lives.

JournalCommunity, Work and Family
ISSN1469-3615
Year2021
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13668803.2021.1968796
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