Abstract

To be successful in their chosen careers, professional students must internalize appropriate professional identities. In studying this process, I have found that students who are female and/or of color encounter greater difficulties because they frequently suffer from a problem I term identity dissonance. I engaged in intensive ethnographic and interview-based research at a law school and school of social work. In this paper, I describe how identity dissonance was evident in gendered and raced differences in wardrobe alterations among the professional students I observed.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2151-7371
Print ISSN
2151-7363
Pages
pp. 138-155
Launched on MUSE
2004-07-28
Open Access
No
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