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Trustees at Work

Financial Pressures, Emotional Labour, and Canadian Bankruptcy Law

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Trustees at Work

Financial Pressures, Emotional Labour, and Canadian Bankruptcy Law

Trustees at Work explores the role bankruptcy trustees play in determining who qualifies as a deserving debtor under Canadian personal bankruptcy law. The idea of a deserving debtor is woven throughout bankruptcy law, with debt relief being reserved for those debtors deemed deserving. The legislation and case law invite trustees to assess debtors based on their pre-bankruptcy choices, but in practice, trustees evaluate debtors based on how cooperative the debtors are during bankruptcy proceedings. This book uses interviews and statistical data to explain how the financial and emotional pressures of trustees’ work shape their decision-making process.

238 pages

Law and Society


Table of Contents

Introduction: The Stories We Tell about Bankruptcy Law

1 Bankruptcy in the Books: A Doctrinal Account of Personal Bankruptcy Law

2 Becoming and Being an Insolvency Trustee

3 Trustee Economicus: A Financial Account of Personal Bankruptcy Law

4 Emotions at Work

5 Once More, with Feeling: An Emotional Account of Personal Bankruptcy Law

Conclusion: Feeling Our Way into New Stories

Glossary of Insolvency Law Terms; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index

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