Solitudes of the Workplace: Women in Universities

Solitudes of the Workplace: Women in Universities

by Elvi Whittaker

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Solitudes of the Workplace: Women in Universities by Elvi Whittaker

Solitudes of the Workplace focuses on experiences of marginalization, uncertainty and segregation created by the hierarchical structures of categories in universities and by gendered identities. Studying a wider range of women’s roles in universities than prior research, the experiences of support staff, senior administrators, researchers, non-academic administrators, and contract teachers are added to those of faculty and students. The essays show how attempts to introduce new knowledge are manoeuvered and the resistance this process can encounter, as well as the ways in which institutional policies can blur and change identities. Addressing longstanding issues such as the entanglement of gender and the assessment of merit, attention is also given to how new identities are claimed and successfully projected. Essays presenting workers' points of view reveal the confusion that occurs when official policy and everyday knowledge conflict, when processes like tenure and other status changes create troublesome realities, and when it becomes routine to experience status denigration. Within the social order of the university and its existing boundaries, gender issues of past decades sometimes surface, but all too often remain an unspoken presence. Solitudes of the Workplace is a revealing look at the isolating experiences and inequities inherent in these institutional environments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773546332
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 12/15/2015
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments vii

Prologue: A View from the Pinnacle: Conversations with Martha Piper Sally E. Thorne xiii

Part 1 Solitudes and Formal Knowledge

Introduction: Narratives of Solitude Elvi Whittaker 3

1 Building and Redefining Women's Studies in Canada Annalee Lepp 17

2 Canadian Feminist Anthropology: Imagining the Terrain Winnie Lem 36

3 Constructing Knowledge for Equity in the University: What Do the Categories Tell Us? Joan M. Anderson Noga Gayle 53

Part 2 Identities and the Everyday

Introduction: Identities and the Everyday 71

4 Tenure (Un)Secure/d: As Words Go into Labour Patricia Palulis 80

5 Seeking Scientific Voice: Strategies for Emerging Scientists Cecilia Moloney 100

6 Solidarity in the Solitudes of Student Life: Contemporary Women Students Discuss Life and Work in the Academy Katie Aubrecht Isabel Mackenzie Lay 118

7 Changing by Degrees: The Narratives of Mature Women Students Lelia Kennedy 136

8 The Non-Nons: Secretarial and Clerical Staff Isabella Losinger 156

9 It's Not Just the Glass Ceiling, It's the Caste Ceiling Kersti Krug 172

10 Contractual University Teaching: The Question of Gender Linda Cohen 191

11 The Missing Link: Research Nurses and Their Contribution to the Production of Research Knowledge Patricia Kaufert 207

12 Collective Insecurity: An Exploration of the experiences of Women Faculty in Atlantic Canada Zelda Abramson Phyllis L.F. Rippeyoung E. Lisa Price 224

Afterthoughts 242

References 247

Contributors 277

Index 281

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