Shooting the Messenger and the Message: The Social Basis of Authority Challenges in Canadian Law School Settings

Annette Nierobisz, John Hagan

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Abstract

Using survey data from the 1993 Wilson Task Force on Gender and Equality in the Legal Profession and qualitative data from in-depth interviews with female law professors, we examine the social basis of professional authority in Canadian law school classrooms. Our quantitative and qualitative findings are consistent with classic sociological work and contemporary anecdotal accounts that suggest women experience greater difficulties achieving professional authority. In the law school classroom, however, we find that stratification within the profession and stratification within the knowledge base further undermine the professional authority of female law professors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGender Realities
Subtitle of host publicationLocal and Global
EditorsMarcia Segal, Vasilikie Demos
Pages235-263
Number of pages29
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

Publication series

NameAdvances in Gender Research
Volume9
ISSN (Print)1529-2126

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies

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