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Structural Matchings in processes of institutional Spacing & Positioning in Academia

Finding Spaces of Success The Making of an Excellent Academic Career in Education Sciences

Författare och institution:
Petra Angervall (Institutionen för pedagogik och specialpedagogik)
Publicerad i:
ECER i Budapest, 8-11/9 2015,
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Sammanfattning (abstract):
That higher education is currently being exposed to a significant neo liberal policy change in Europe and more broadly is beyond contention (Olssen & Peters, 2005). This policy change articulates and forms discourses of performativity (Ball, 2012), marketization (Deem, 2007), and excellence (Marginson, 2011), which all have significant impact on how academic subjectivity is constructed (Davies & Petersen, 2005, Archer, 2008). This study puts focus on academic’s career paths by means of analysing the experiences of 18 researchers who describe how they made an excellent career. By using an approach related to Braidotti (1994) and Colebrook (2000) these researchers are seen as in constant search for consciousness, for material recognition and for subtler, more emotional needs. They are all active in Education Sciences, which is a new scientific field in Sweden that consists of a particular patterned set of practises, as designed for developing research of relevance to teaching and teacher education. This set of practises (and their cultural context), partly explains why the numbers of women dominate over the numbers of men, both among students and staff (see Öhrn & Lundahl, 2012). The results show that the “excellent researcher” use specific and often profitable spaces of transit in order to move. They act clear of where they are going and why, and often seem to know how to get the system to recognize them. Some argue that they move as they like, they enjoy their careers and do what is fun. Several mention how they see their rewards in career as linked to their individual competences, but also to the resources they have been given. The results, however, also illustrate how women more than men experience themselves as hindered in career. Some mention how they experience themselves as hindered by their networks and competences. Others illustrate how various and complex self-images create barriers (both mental and physical). Men, as excellent researchers, seem to think less about their conditions, where to go and how to move, than women do. Women move less distinctly, and accordingly seem less rewarded. Many of the women appear stressed out and anxious, especially in relation to the boundaries between private- and work-life, which partly unable them in using their capacity of making distinct choices.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Excellens, academia, career, movements
Ytterligare information:
Symposia: Institutional Spacing & Positioning Processes in Educational and Academic Institutions
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Posten skapad:
2016-05-13 11:52
Posten ändrad:
2016-05-13 11:53

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