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Coffee House: Habitus and Performance Among Law Students

Manderson, Desmond; Turner, Sarah


Drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Judith Butler, we develop a detailed ethnography of a social space in a major law school and explore its socialization of the students there. "Coffee House" is a weekly social event sponsored by Canadian law firms and offering free drink and food to the students present. We argue that this event and the actors involved profoundly change student identities and alter educational aspirations. Although the students themselves insist that "nothing is going...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Law and Social Inquiry
DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-4469.2006.00025.x


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