Neo-tribal Sociality in the Upper Echelons of the Legal Profession: Issues of Race

Chronopoulou, A. 2024. Neo-tribal Sociality in the Upper Echelons of the Legal Profession: Issues of Race. in: Whyte, A., Tuitt P. and Bourne, J. (ed.) The Long Walk to Equality: Perspectives on Racial Inequality, Injustice and the Law London University of Westminster Press. pp. 222

Chapter titleNeo-tribal Sociality in the Upper Echelons of the Legal Profession: Issues of Race
AuthorsChronopoulou, A.
EditorsWhyte, A., Tuitt P. and Bourne, J.
Abstract

This chapter examines how the Maffesolian theory of neo-tribal sociality challenges race as one of the main characteristics of legal professional identity. It investigates the commodification of ‘race’ as a component of professional identity construction attesting to exclusionary practices. Academic accounts perceive ‘race’ either as an issue of discrimination or even of diversity, therefore, inclusion. This chapter examines ‘race’ from a different perspective. It perceives ‘race’ as an element of neo-tribalism especially in the upper echelons of the legal profession in England and Wales. The use of the notion of neo-tribal sociality in the study of the legal profession resurfaces hidden aspects of legal professional identity, which could potentially amount to a renegotiation of ‘race’ as a commodity. From this perspective, this chapter reveals aspects of a new kind of legal professional identity suggestive of elements of neo-tribalism. These claims are supported by a thorough examination of a small sample of older and more recent advertising material of some sets of Chambers and some large corporate law firms in England.

Keywordsthe legal profession
sociology
race
Book titleThe Long Walk to Equality: Perspectives on Racial Inequality, Injustice and the Law
Page range222
Year2024
PublisherUniversity of Westminster Press
Publication dates
Published20 Feb 2024
Place of publicationLondon
ISBN9781914386404
9781914386428
9781914386435
9781914386411
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.16997/book63
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