Genders at Work: Gender as a Geography of Power in the Academy

  • Kate Carruthers ThomasEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)


This chapter discusses contemporary research investigating how gender operates as a geography of power in the contemporary academy, particularly in relation to notions of ‘career’. Massey’s understanding of space as ‘a simultaneity of stories-so-far and places as collections of those stories’ (For Space. Sage, London, p. 11, 2005) shapes the research questions and a methodology of ‘spatial storytelling’ which foregrounds relationships between space and power in considering lived experiences of work and career. The chapter presents a selection of participants’ ‘stories-so-far’ which illustrate the complexity and dimensionality of lived, gendered experiences in the workplace and provide a basis for reflection on the opportunities these afford to resist sexism in the academy.


Gender as a geography of power Gender mapping Spatial storytelling Athena Swan 


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  1. 1.Birmingham City UniversityBirminghamUK

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