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Judges of the Supreme Court of India1950 - 1989$
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George H. Gadbois, Jr

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198070610

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070610.001.0001

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Father’s Occupation

Father’s Occupation

(p.341) I Father’s Occupation
Judges of the Supreme Court of India

George H. Gadbois, Jr

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the occupations of fathers of the Supreme Court judges as among the criteria employed for the attribution of social origin or class, father’s occupation is widely considered the most trustworthy indicator. The fathers of 40 per cent were the sons of lawyers and judges, with virtually no change between the two periods. Lawyer-fathers often encouraged a son to become a lawyer. For some, the practice of law had become a family tradition. Forty-one per cent of the judges were the first lawyers in their extended families. For the first generation, the figure was 34 per cent, and for the second 44 per cent, perhaps an indication that the law profession became more open over time. Not unexpected is the fact that twice as many of the fathers of second-generation judges had been high court and SCI judges.

Keywords:   social class, lawyer-fathers, SCI judges, family tradition

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