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Title: Experiences of female lawyers in the legal profession in Malaysia : 'Door wide open' or 'foot in the door' only?
Author: Hamid, Norashikin Abdul
ISNI:       0000 0004 2747 3107
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2005
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In this thesis, my intention was to examine differences in the career prospects and work experiences of male and female lawyers in the private sector, in the Malaysian legal profession. The literature derived from Western studies, particularly British and American research, on women in the legal profession and other professions, suggests differences between men and women in terms of their promotional prospects, with more men than women being promoted to senior positions in organisations. I was intrigued by these findings and wondered if these differences would be replicated in a country with a different legal, cultural, political, and economic situation. Moreover, as Malaysia is a multicultural country with distinct cultural groupings, I was interested in examining whether cultural groupings influence male and female lawyers' promotional prospects. In order to conduct an investigation into the glass ceiling in the Malaysian legal profession, I employed situation-centred and social-system centred approaches to explain this phenomenon. For my research strategy, I utilitsed both quantitative and qualitative research methods, which included use of a survey questionnaire and in-depth interviews. My fieldwork analysis revealed that gender emerged as the overall stronger influential factor than cultural groupings, in explaining differences between male and female lawyers' career prospects in the Malaysian legal profession.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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