Women's ways of working: circumventing the masculine structures operating within the university

Hazel Wright, Linda Cooper, Paulette Luff

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    Abstract

    Three female, and feminist, academics become participant researchers to explore their working practices seeking to make visible the ways they work to wo(manage) the masculinist environment of the University. After reviewing the literature, the paper starts by considering what ‘masculinist’ means in this context, finding that it refers to both rigidity of structure positioned as ‘impartial’ and, paradoxically, processes that enable competition and the clear identification of winners and losers; a University regime compatible with neo-liberal governance. Such values are at odds with those promoted within Early Years Education where ‘caring’ and ‘inclusion’ are fundamental, embedded in a strong ‘domestic’ tradition. The paper examines the historical practice of transferring ‘mothering’ skills into the educational institution and considers current attitudes and behaviours in relation to this synergy
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)123-131
    Number of pages9
    JournalWomen's Studies International Forum
    Volume61
    Early online date17 Nov 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2017

    Keywords

    • Higher education
    • University
    • Gender
    • Feminist research
    • Caring
    • Reflective practice

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