The fact that women and people of color tend to underperform at
professional schools is a source of controversy. Conservatives
blame affirmative action, while liberals blame intentional
discrimination. The extensive research reported in "Professional
Identity Crisis" belies both conspiracy theories.
The author spent over 400 hours observing how first-year
students are socialized in two very different environments, Boalt
School of Law and the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley,
watching how they adapted to different expectations of how to
speak, dress, and behave in the classroom.
Costello found that students who were female, of color,
disabled, or poor were not underqualified compared with their
privileged peers. Nor did the research uncover intentional bigotry.
Instead, the disproportionate success of white men can be explained
by the fact that they are more likely to acquire appropriate
professional identities swiftly, with little inner conflict.
Students from less privileged backgrounds, however, suffered from
"identity dissonance." For example, Jasmine, a Filipino student
from Los Angeles, explained, "In the legal culture you have to
adopt a different way of being, a different vocabulary and way to
carry yourself . . . That's how I got this far. And when I go home,
if I act the way I do here, they won't get it. My cousins and my
friends say, 'You're kind of whitewashed.' And when I come back
here I have to get back my law style."
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