Setting the Stage: The Iceberg Jigsaw Puzzle

WOMEN AND THE LAW IN AUSTRALIA, Patricia Easteal, ed., LexisNexis, 2010

Posted: 23 Jan 2011

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Patricia L. Easteal

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

The process and substance of law and the criminal justice system cannot be understood without understanding the cultural stage upon which it is acted out – so too then the intersections of women with the law. Each part of culture, including the legal system itself, correlates with and contributes to a myriad of other cultural structures, processes and institutions including gender roles and gender stratification. All of the pieces are inter-connected and function as a dynamic and holistic feedback system between all components.

This chapter explores a few of the important pieces of this contextual jigsaw puzzle within which women and the law interact, highlighting the ‘iceberg’ (the biases) part of the picture puzzle. An iceberg is an apt metaphor since some of these biases are visible but the majority are not.

Keywords: gender roles, gender stratification, women and the law

JEL Classification: K00, J70

Suggested Citation

Easteal, Patricia L., Setting the Stage: The Iceberg Jigsaw Puzzle (2010). WOMEN AND THE LAW IN AUSTRALIA, Patricia Easteal, ed., LexisNexis, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1743907

Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice ( email )

Australia

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