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Gypsy Academics and Mother-Teachers: Gender, Contingent Labor, and Writing Instruction
     

Gypsy Academics and Mother-Teachers: Gender, Contingent Labor, and Writing Instruction

by Eileen Schell, Sharon Crowley
 

ISBN-10: 0867094419

ISBN-13: 9780867094411

Pub. Date: 11/25/1997

Publisher: Heinemann

    I value Gypsy Academics and Mother-Teachers for the compassionate way in which Schell combines a feminist and materialist analysis of the historical and economic conditions that have led to the exploitation of adjunct faculty, the majority of whom are women.

    - College English

Fully two-thirds of all part-time teachers in English studies

Overview

    I value Gypsy Academics and Mother-Teachers for the compassionate way in which Schell combines a feminist and materialist analysis of the historical and economic conditions that have led to the exploitation of adjunct faculty, the majority of whom are women.

    - College English

Fully two-thirds of all part-time teachers in English studies are women, many with no permanent faculty standing, no benefits, no job security, and little or no chance for promotion. How does the "feminization" of writing programs affect the newly formed discipline of rhetoric and composition?

Gypsy Academics and Mother-Teachers illuminates the complex gendered ideologies that surround writing instruction—drawing on feminist theories of women's work, Marxist theories of class and labor, sociological and economic studies of part-time academic employment, and personal interviews with part-time women writing faculty. Eileen Schell contends that part-time faculty members' interests and contributions have been underrepresented in our research narratives and professional histories in rhetoric and composition. Her book attempts to revalue practitioner knowledge and to reclaim the voices and perspectives of part-time women writing instructors as a vital part of the history and growth of rhetoric and composition as a discipline.

Both a theoretical and practical study, Gypsy Academics and Mother-Teachers not only theorizes the structures of gender and labor in writing programs; it also offers administrators, theorists, and practitioners ideas for improving the working conditions and professional status of part-time writing instructors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780867094411
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
11/25/1997
Series:
Cross Currents Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: Gender, Contingent Labor, and Writing Instruction: Why They Matter

Woman's True Profession: The Rise of a Class of Women Writing Instructors

Factoring In Gender to the Question of Who Works Part-Time and Why

The Rhetorics and Realities of Contingent Writing Instructors

Can a Feminist Agenda Transform the Illusion of Equity into Reality?

What Can We Do? Imperfect Solutions to Imperfect Problems

Appendixes:

A. Interview Questions for Nontenure-Line Faculty

B. Chapter Five Survey

C. Survey Participants for Chapter Five

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