Doing the Ideal Academic - Gender, Excellence and Changing Academia

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.advisor Tienari, Janne, Prof., Aalto University, Department of Management Studies, Finland Lund, Rebecca W. B. 2015-09-19T09:01:30Z 2015-09-19T09:01:30Z 2015
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-60-6296-9 (electronic)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-60-6295-2 (printed)
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4942 (electronic)
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4934 (printed)
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4934 (ISSN-L)
dc.description Julkaistu vain painettuna, saatavuus katso Bibid. Published only in printed form, availability see Bibid
dc.description.abstract Academia is changing worldwide, shaped by capitalism and neoliberalism. Along with this comes notions of what constitutes good academic work and the valuable academic. Taking junior female academics embodied experiences as methodological point of entry the thesis aims to understand the construction of the "ideal academic" from this standpoint. More specifically, to investigate how the gendered social relations organise practices that make the ideal academic within changing academia actionable. The thesis draws on and develops Dorothy Smith's Institutional Ethnography to understand how local everyday practices are shaped within larger translocal relations and macro processes, such as capitalism, neoliberalism, the drive for participation in "inevitable" globalisation and higher educational reforms. The thesis is based on qualitative empirical research. The empirical location of the research is changing higher education in Finland and the empirical materials - consisting of observations, interviews and textual gathering – are the result of three years of fieldwork at one Finnish University. Drawing on these, the thesis explores how texts, discourses and ideologies, mediated through standardised notions of quality and evaluation practices, make up an image of "the ideal academic" and shape local practice and experience. The thesis reveals the gendered social organisation of competence and potentiality as it is constructed in and around the institutional intentions of becoming "world class", the textually legitimised practice of boasting, and the relationship between quality standards and discourses of love. Each chapter unpacks a layer of how gender inequality is produced and reproduced in academia through textual coordination of everyday practices. The thesis highlights how eligibility to engage in these practices, activate these discourses and approximate the prevalent ideal involves doing gender. More particularly, it shows how doing a particular form of global masculinity involving geocentrism, careerism and informalism, has entered into the social relations of academic work. Moreover, it, demonstrates how these operate parallel to and interconnect in complex ways with doing Finnishness, compulsory optimism, the individualised responsibilised self and willingness to be "taken away from home". Indeed, the thesis illuminates a social organisation of academic work that increases the polarisation between those who succeed and those who do not on the standardised quality criteria. In doing so the thesis shows how dominant, so-called neutral and objective, textually mediated standards of quality contribute to the (re)production of inequality between both men and women, and indeed, women and women within changing academia. en
dc.format.extent 220
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aalto University en
dc.publisher Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries Aalto University publication series DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 98/2015
dc.subject.other Management en
dc.subject.other Organisations, Corporations en
dc.title Doing the Ideal Academic - Gender, Excellence and Changing Academia en
dc.type G4 Monografiaväitöskirja fi Kauppakorkeakoulu fi School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtamisen laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Management Studies en
dc.subject.keyword Gendered social relations en
dc.subject.keyword gender in academia en
dc.subject.keyword junior female academics en
dc.subject.keyword quality of academic work en
dc.subject.keyword the social organisation of academic work en
dc.subject.keyword neoliberalism and academia en
dc.subject.keyword Finland en
dc.subject.keyword Institutional ethnography en
dc.subject.keyword feminist theory. en
dc.identifier.urn URN:ISBN:978-952-60-6296-9
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral dissertation (monograph) en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja (monografia) fi
dc.opn Widerberg, Karin, Professor, University of Oslo, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, Norway
dc.subject.helecon management
dc.subject.helecon organization
dc.subject.helecon universities
dc.subject.helecon institutions
dc.subject.helecon work
dc.subject.helecon research workers
dc.subject.helecon gender
dc.subject.helecon women
dc.subject.helecon ethnography
dc.subject.helecon johtaminen
dc.subject.helecon organisaatio
dc.subject.helecon yliopistot
dc.subject.helecon instituutiot
dc.subject.helecon työ
dc.subject.helecon tutkijat
dc.subject.helecon sukupuoli
dc.subject.helecon naiset
dc.subject.helecon etnografia
dc.contributor.lab Feminist organisation studies en 2015-08-20
dc.identifier.bibid 717657

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