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Gender, Power and Higher Education in a Globalised World

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Asks why gender inequality persists in the higher education system.

  • Outlines the manifestations of organizational resistance to gender inequality.

  • Dismantles excellence, choice, essentialist and other misleading discourses to explore how far universities can be agents for change.

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education (GED)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Gender Equality in Higher Education: The Slow Pace of Change

    • Pat O’Connor, Kate White
    Pages 1-23
  3. Institutionalised Resistance to Gender Equality Initiatives in Swedish and Portuguese Academia

    • Helen Peterson, Teresa Carvalho, Birgitta Jordansson, Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor
    Pages 25-46
  4. Problematising Excellence as a Legitimating Discourse

    • Pat O’Connor, Sarah Barnard
    Pages 47-69
  5. Whatever Happened to Gender Equality in Australian and New Zealand Universities?

    • Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich, Kate White
    Pages 93-115
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 209-226

About this book

"The volume is a must-read for anyone interested in fairness and justice around gender". 

Professor Patricia Yancey Martin, Florida State University, USA

This book examines persistent gender inequality in higher education, and asks what is preventing change from occurring. The editors and contributors argue that organizational resistance to gender equality is the key explanation; reflected in the endorsement of discourses such as excellence, choice, distorted intersectionality, revitalized biological essentialism and gender neutrality. These discourses implicitly and explicitly depict the status quo as appropriate, reasonable and fair: ultimately impeding attempts to promote gender equality. Drawing on research from around the world, this book explores the limits and possibilities of challenging these misleading discourses, focusing on the state and universities themselves as levers for change. It stresses the importance of institutional transformation, the vital contribution of feminist activists and the importance of women’s deceptively ‘small victories’ in the academy.

Pat O’Connor is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and Visiting Professor at the Geary Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland. She is a sociologist with a focus on gender equality in higher education institutions: particularly leadership, excellence, micropolitics, gender-based violence, equality related interventions and women’s academic careers.

Kate White is Adjunct Associate Professor at Federation University Australia and Director of the Women in Higher Education Management Network. Her research focuses on gender equality and leadership in higher education, women’s academic careers and women in science.

Keywords

  • leadership
  • higher education
  • gender equality
  • resistance
  • displacement
  • transformational change
  • power and gender

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Sociology, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

    Pat O'Connor

  • School of Education, Federation University, Ballarat, Australia

    Kate White

About the editors

Pat O’Connor is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and Visiting Professor at the Geary Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland. She is a sociologist with a focus on gender equality in higher education institutions: particularly leadership, excellence, micropolitics, gender-based violence, equality related interventions and women’s academic careers.

Kate White is Adjunct Associate Professor at Federation University Australia and Director of the Women in Higher Education Management Network. Her research focuses on gender equality and leadership in higher education, women’s academic careers and women in science.


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eBook
USD 109.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-030-69687-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)