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Title: Gender matters in academia? : negotiating contradiction, complexity and change
Author: McKnight, Martina Anne
ISNI:       0000 0001 3625 4211
Awarding Body: Queen's University of Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2008
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For women, the past thirty years have witnessed an increase in their participation in Higher Education and the workplace. However, despite the destabilising of gender roles this has produced, and the implementation of equality legislation and internal equality policies organisational gender inequalities remain. Utilising Queen's University, Belfast as a case study,· and focusing on two faculties where women are relatively well represented numerically, if not hierarchically, this research seeks to explore why and how gender inequalities persist. In choosing academia, where women could be seen to possess the cultural and academic capital to be 'choice biographers', this research seeks to explore the subtleties of gender relations and inequalities which may be obscured at the macro level of change. My aim is to move beyond a narrow focus on gender differentials and numerical representation, to a wider exploration of gender relations, within the context of changing social and academic cultures, while considering the role that regional location and culture may play. Attention is focused on academic's responses to the processes, practices and discourses of restructuring and change encompassed under the term managerialism. While there is a growing body of literature on the gendered effects of managerialism, and how organisational processes or policies sustain gender norms and hierarchies, this study focuses on understanding how and why particular processes or meanings become taken for granted, and, thus, the ways in which a gendered order is (re)produced in seemingly gender-neutral spaces. In seeking to capture the complexities and subtleties involved and recognising the interplay, rather than the dichotomy, of structure and agency a mixed theoretical approach is adopted. The analysis is based on questionnaire and interview data from female and male academics. The insights generated add to the body of literature on women in the workplace, the gendered nature of managerialism and academic life.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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