Indicators of esteem: gender and prestige in academic work

Coate, Kelly and Howson, Camille Kandiko (2014) Indicators of esteem: gender and prestige in academic work. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 37 (4). pp. 567-585. ISSN 0142-5692

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The continued gender imbalance in senior positions in higher education is a problem that persists despite decades of feminist research and publications in the area, as well as interventions in many countries to promote the advancement of women. In this article we view the issue of gender inequality through the lens of the prestige economy, which suggests that academics are motivated by prestige factors accrued through advancement in their careers. Prestige, authority and status, we suggest, may be more easily acquired by male academics. We draw on a case study of one institution in the Republic of Ireland, including data from a survey on academic careers (n = 269), to explore how the concept of prestige is gendered. We explore the cumulative effect of four themes: homosociability; non-transparency of criteria; academic workload balance; and self-promotion.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2018 14:32
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2021 12:15

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