The construction of the legal identity: 'Governmentality' in Australian legal education

Ball, Matthew J. (2007) The construction of the legal identity: 'Governmentality' in Australian legal education. QUT Law and Justice Journal, 7(2), pp. 438-457.


Research into the way that law students construct their legal identities (particularly regarding whether they maintain socially idealistic aims) relies on problematic assumptions about how power relations operate. Foucault's work, particularly that on 'governmentality', provides the conceptual tools to address these limitations, and think differently about the way the legal identity is constructed throughout legal education. This paper applies this framework to Australian legal education with the intent of moving research in this area in a more productive direction. Doing so will also provide a more nuanced basis for political action than is possible with current conceptual frameworks.

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ID Code: 14203
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1445-6249
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 28 Jul 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:38

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