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Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em: Gendered segmentation in the legal profession

Bolton, S.C. and Muzio, D. (2007) Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em: Gendered segmentation in the legal profession. Sociology, 41 (2). pp. 47-64. ISSN 0038-0385

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Abstract

Successful professions have historically relied on the establishment of effective closure regimes. The last 30 years or so have witnessed a gradual erosion of the legal profession's external closure regime, which seems to be associated with the gradual feminization of the legal profession. Women now represent the majority of salaried solicitors; yet, despite some recent progress,they still represent a mere quarter of partners. In reference to these developments this article seeks to cultivate a typology of patterns of gendered segmentation in the legal profession. We argue that gendered segmentation, which thrives on the ideology of women's difference, has become a defence mechanism of an embattled profession, ensuring that the elite segments hold onto their status and associated rewards while the feminized segments increase leverage without rocking the partnership system, effectively forming a reserve army of legal labour with lesser terms and conditions.

Item type: Article
ID code: 4425
Keywords: gender, legal profession, sedimentation, segmentation, stratification, The family. Marriage. Women, Management. Industrial Management, Law (General), Sociology and Political Science
Subjects: Social Sciences > The family. Marriage. Women
Social Sciences > Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management
Law > Law (General)
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Strategy and Organisation
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2007
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 17:35
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/4425

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