First published in 1998, this volume is the first full-length discussion of women's experiences in the solicitors' profession in the UK. It provides an account which is grounded in historical research and a contemporary research study. The authors explore this material to analyze both women's own experiences and the mainstream culture and structure of the profession. Following a treatment of the struggle against the formal exclusionary barriers to women's entry to the profession, this book then seeks to identify the informal obstacles which were subsequently erected to women's participation and career progression, and examine their persistence, in a modified form, into the contemporary era. The analysis draws on perspectives from feminist jurisprudence to the sociology of the professions to shed light on the processes which support women's continued subordination in employment as lawyers.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
1. Introduction. 2. Gender and the Legal Labour Market. 3. The Common Sense of Mankind: the Common Law and the Historical Exclusion of Women from the Legal Profession. 4. Bonds of Trust: From Informal Exclusion to Full Participation? 5. The Mens Room: Cultural Capital and the Fraternal Contract. 6. Shes All Right for a Bird: The Accommodation of Women. 7. The Meaning of the Career Break: Human Capital, Cultural Capital, Social Capital. 8. Conclusion.