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Always on the Defence: The Myth of Universality and the Persistence of Privilege in Legal Education

Bhandar, Brenna (2002) 'Always on the Defence: The Myth of Universality and the Persistence of Privilege in Legal Education.' Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 14. pp. 341-361.

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Abstract

Law school curricula and dominant pedagogical approaches reinforce the sense of entitlement and privilege that individuals from historically privileged groups enjoy in the law school context. In this article, the author shows how particular critical pedagogical practices have the potential to reinforce a politics of identity that does little to shift relations of power between white students and students racialised as "Other," leaving "white" privilege intact. She concludes with some suggestions for how law professors and students can work towards displacing relations of power both inside and outside the classroom- relations that privilege certain groups of people over others- through the creation of a "common social terrain" that incorporates a multiplicity of voices and experiences.

Item Type: Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law > Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law (CCEIL)
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Depositing User: Brenna Bhandar
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2014 10:23
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/19209

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