A fish out of water? Legal practitioner - practitioner teacher? Bourdieu, the legal field and the scholarship of teaching in practical legal training

Greaves, Kristoffer 2012, A fish out of water? Legal practitioner - practitioner teacher? Bourdieu, the legal field and the scholarship of teaching in practical legal training, in ALTA 2012 : Proceedings of the 2012 Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference, Unpublished,, pp. 1-15.

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Title A fish out of water? Legal practitioner - practitioner teacher? Bourdieu, the legal field and the scholarship of teaching in practical legal training
Author(s) Greaves, Kristoffer
Conference name Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference (2012 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 2-4 July 2012
Title of proceedings ALTA 2012 : Proceedings of the 2012 Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher Unpublished
Keyword(s) practical legal training
legal education
Australia
Bourdieu
Summary It is surprising to discover during early doctoral research that there is a paucity of Australian scholarship using Bourdieu’s theoretical tools in the field of law, and in the sub-field of post-graduate pre-admission practical legal training. This article introduces Bourdieu’s conceptions of habitus, field, categories of capital, symbolic violence, and misrecognition. It describes how Bourdieu applied these tools to identify structural hostility between legal academics and practitioners, and the struggles for control in the field of law. Review of three North American studies that used Bourdieu’s theories follows, involving law students’ habitus in transition, class stratification in legal education, and gender stratification in law firm partnerships. Drawing on three internally connected ‘moments’ necessary to use Bourdieu’s tools, together with four critical questions concerning teachers’ engagement with the scholarship of teaching, this article identifies new questions for investigation. These questions will frame further research to discover whether the objective structures of the practical legal training field and the habitus of legal practitioners constrains them to act as ‘fish out of water’ in the context of a scholarship of teaching.
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049329

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