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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