Making a difference? The Use (and Abuse) of Diversity Management at the UK's Elite Law Firms

Ashley, L. (2010) Making a difference? The Use (and Abuse) of Diversity Management at the UK's Elite Law Firms. Work Employment & Society, 24 (4). pp. 711-727. ISSN 0950-0170 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The UK's elite law firms have recently seen a shift from talking about equality of opportunity alone to the adoption of a diversity discourse as well. This article examines this transition for what it can tell us about the value of diversity strategies as a means for widening access to the corporate legal profession on the basis of social class, focusing on five elite law firms based in the City of London. A number of studies have demonstrated how cultural practices within the legal sector maintain exclusionary mechanisms based on class. There has been less attention to how this is sustained within an amended institutional framework which outwardly 'celebrates' difference. This research suggests that though diversity strategies do little to change organisational cultures, those that recognise both the depth of professional prejudice within the sector and the reality of educational inequality across the UK may prove relatively progressive nonetheless.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: PY - 2010/// [EPrints field already has value set] AD - Cass Business School, Faculty of Management, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, United Kingdom [Field not mapped to EPrints] JA - Work Employ. Soc. [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: class, diversity management, equal opportunities, ethnicity, inequality, law firm
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: Cathy Norman
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 14:10
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2014 12:23
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30890 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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