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Careers of the Professoriate

Academic Pathways of the Linguists and Sociologists in Germany, France and the UK

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  • Discusses factors influencing the progression of academic careers
  • Combines quantitative analysis of 1800 active professors with 32 in-depth interviews
  • Identifies a dozen career 'types' which define the fields

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This book examines career patterns of the professoriate. Professors may appear as specialised individualists in their fields, and yet they follow pathways which are anything but unique. Drawing from a unique data set, the authors analyse the trajectories of the almost 2000 linguists and sociologists who hold full professorships in Germany, France and the UK in 2015.  With a background in social theory, they reveal models, structures and rules that organise the professional lives and biographies of the most senior academics. This book presents the results of a systematic empirical study, which will be of interest to specialists in higher education studies as well as to linguists and sociologists, and to all academics more generally.

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • WELS, Stuart Hall Building, Level 1, Open University, LAL, Milton Keynes, UK

    Johannes Angermuller

  • PAIS, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

    Philippe Blanchard

About the authors

Johannes Angermüller is Professor in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Open University, UK.  

Philippe Blanchard is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, UK.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Careers of the Professoriate

  • Book Subtitle: Academic Pathways of the Linguists and Sociologists in Germany, France and the UK

  • Authors: Johannes Angermuller, Philippe Blanchard

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-25240-2Published: 09 April 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-25241-9Published: 08 April 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 137

  • Number of Illustrations: 8 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Applied Linguistics, Higher Education, Social Sciences, general, Sociology of Education, Career Skills

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