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The legal labour market and the training needs of women returners in the UnitedKingdom

Sommerlad, Hilary and Sanderson, Pete (1997) The legal labour market and the training needs of women returners in the UnitedKingdom. Journal of vocational education and training, 49 (1). pp. 45-64. ISSN 1363-6820

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Abstract

This article examines a particular instance of the relationship between gender, training provision and the labour market, namely the provision of training for women solicitors wishing to return to the labour market after a career break. The specific empirical material, which is gathered from a sample of women solicitors, both returners and non-returners, in West and North Yorkshire, is explored in the context of demand-side and supply-side explanations of women's position in the labour market. However, we also argue for a perspective which takes account of the culture of the profession and which undermines the assumption of economic rationality underpinning many labour market studies. Similarly, our exploration of the potential of training for easing labour-market re-entry is evaluated within the context of the gendered ethos of the solicitor's profession, as is the discussion of the curriculum design issues in professional women returners' training which arise out of the research.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
K Law > K Law (General)
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2009 10:39
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 12:04
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/5473

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