Women's leadership in the Asian Century: does expansion mean inclusion?

Morley, Louise and Crossouard, Barbara (2016) Women's leadership in the Asian Century: does expansion mean inclusion? Studies in Higher Education, 41 (5). pp. 801-814. ISSN 0307-5079

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Abstract

This paper draws on British Council commissioned research in response to concerns about women's absence from senior leadership positions in higher education in South Asia. The study sought existing knowledge from literature, policies, and available statistics and collected original interview data from 30 academics in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. A central finding was that gender is not a category of analysis in higher education policy, research or statistical data in the region. Our interview data suggest that leadership was frequently not an object of desire for women. Being associated with particular types of masculinities, leadership often carried a heavy affective load for those women who transgressed patriarchal socio-cultural norms and disrupted the symbolic order of women being led by men. Leadership was frequently perceived and experienced by women in terms of navigating a range of ugly feelings and toxicities that depleted aspirations, well-being and opportunities.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Women's leadership, Higher education leadership, Affect, South Asia, Patriarchy
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 11:29
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 01:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59300

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