Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education

Gender, Power and Higher Education in a Globalised World

Editors: O'Connor, Pat, White, Kate (Eds.)

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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.
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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 efforts and attempts to promote gender equality. Drawing on research from around the world, this book explores the limits and possibilities of challenging these harmful 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.

About the authors

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.


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Gender Equality in Higher Education: The Slow Pace of Change

    Pages 1-23

    O’Connor, Pat (et al.)

  • Institutionalised Resistance to Gender Equality Initiatives in Swedish and Portuguese Academia

    Pages 25-46

    Peterson, Helen (et al.)

  • Problematising Excellence as a Legitimating Discourse

    Pages 47-69

    O’Connor, Pat (et al.)

  • Making the Right Choice: Discourses of Individualised Responsibility in Higher Education

    Pages 71-91

    Linková, Marcela (et al.)

  • Whatever Happened to Gender Equality in Australian and New Zealand Universities?

    Pages 93-115

    Bönisch-Brednich, Brigitte (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender, Power and Higher Education in a Globalised World
Editors
  • Pat O'Connor
  • Kate White
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-69687-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-69687-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-69686-3
Series ISSN
2524-6445
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 226
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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