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‘I’m complicit and I’m ambivalent and that’s crazy’: Care-less spaces for women in the academy

Rogers, Chrissie (2017) ‘I’m complicit and I’m ambivalent and that’s crazy’: Care-less spaces for women in the academy. Women's Studies International Forum, 61 . pp. 115-122. ISSN 0277-5395. (doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2016.07.002) (KAR id:79730)

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Abstract

This paper is about three working class women academics in their 40s, who are at different phases in their career. I take a reflexive, feminist, (Reay 2000, 2004, Ribbens and Edwards 1998) life story approach (Plummer, 2001) in order to understand their particular narratives about identity, complicity, relationships and discomfort within the academy, and then how they inhabit care-less spaces. However unique their narratives, I am able to explore an aspect of higher education – women and their working relationships – through a lens of care-less spaces, and argue that care-less-ness in the academy, can create and reproduce animosity and collusion. Notably, this is damaging for intellectual pursuits, knowledge production and markedly, the identity of woman academics. In introducing this work, I first contextualise women in the academy and define the term care-less spaces, then move onto discuss feminist methods. I then explore and critique in some detail, the substantive findings under the headings of ‘complicity and ‘faking’ it’ and ‘publishing and collaboration’. The final section concludes the paper by drawing on Herring’s (2013) legal premise, in the context of care ethics, as a way to interrogate particular care-less spaces within higher education

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.wsif.2016.07.002
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ1236 Women and the state. Women's rights. Women's political activity
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Chrissie Rogers
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2020 17:13 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79730 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Rogers, Chrissie: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7326-9260
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