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Studying women legal scholars: the challenges of life history


Bartie, S, Studying women legal scholars: the challenges of life history, International Journal of The Legal Profession, 25, (3) pp. 279-301. ISSN 0969-5958 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09695958.2018.1481849


Biographies of prominent women often advance inquiries that lead to easy and uninteresting conclusions that their subject should be celebrated or ignored. In contrast, this article argues for more life histories of women legal scholars that bring out the complexity of their lives. It suggests three ways to execute this work that guard against the making of simple binary conclusions. First, it argues that these studies should be open inquiries that present a range of views of their subject, from both the past and present, and encourage audiences to form their own judgments. This approach will help both reader and scholar to recognise their biases. Second, it makes a case for treating legal scholars differently from pure educators, scholars or lawyers. It suggests that their unique role should inform the work’s central inquiries. Finally, it argues that unearthing a subject’s attitude towards feminism and feminist legal scholarship can be done in ways that strengthen the work’s contribution to the history of the discipline.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:life history, women legal scholars, feminist legal theory
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law in context
Research Field:Legal theory, jurisprudence and legal interpretation
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bartie, S (Dr Susan Bartie)
ID Code:126596
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2018-06-19
Last Modified:2018-12-14

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