Talking Up Equality: Women Barristers and the Denial of Discrimination

Hunter, Rosemary (2002) Talking Up Equality: Women Barristers and the Denial of Discrimination. Feminist Legal Studies, 10 (2). pp. 113-130. ISSN 0966-3622. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This article examines the phenomenon of women barristers' denials of the existence of discrimination against women at the Bar, against a backdrop of widespread evidence of sex discrimination and gender bias in this branch of the legal profession. Using interview transcripts from a research study of the status of women at one of the independent Bars in Australia, the article analyses the various stories told by senior women barristers to the interviewers about their gender and experiences at the Bar. It argues that structural and psychological explanations of denials of discrimination are inadequate to account for the range and public nature of the stories told by these women. Rather, the evidence suggests that the women's interview responses were part of the active constitution of themselves as (non/gendered) subjects of the Bar.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: barristers - denial - gender - performativity - practices of the self - sex discrimination - women lawyers
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: A. Davies
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 19:11
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