Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education

Being an Early Career Feminist Academic

Global Perspectives, Experiences and Challenges

Editors: Thwaites, Rachel, Pressland, Amy (Eds.)

  • Highlights the experiences of early career feminist scholars negotiating the demands of a neoliberal academy
  • Draws together a variety of experiences and voices to provide a comprehensive and international picture
  • Offers a new angle on the significant and increasingly important discussion regarding the ethos of higher education and the sector's place within society
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About this book

This book highlights the experiences of feminist early career researchers and teachers from an international perspective in an increasingly neoliberal academy. It offers a new angle on a significant and increasingly important discussion on the ethos of higher education and the sector's place in society. Higher education is fast-changing, increasingly market-driven, and precarious. In this context entering the academy as an early career academic presents both challenges and opportunities. Early career academics frequently face the prospect of working on fixed term contracts, with little security and no certain prospect of advancement, while constantly looking for the next role. Being a feminist academic adds a further layer of complexity: the ethos of the marketising university where students are increasingly viewed as ‘customers’ may sit uneasily with a politics of equality for all. Feminist values and practice can provide a means of working through the challenges, but may also bring complications. 

About the authors

Rachel Thwaites is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Lincoln, UK. She has interests in gender, identities, higher education, health and illness, emotion work, naming, and qualitative methods.  She has published on British women's naming decisions on marriage and sense of identity, choice feminism, and older people's experiences of emergency admission to hospital.
Amy Pressland is International HR Projects Manager for DB Cargo UK working on an international research project called Women in Management. Previously she was Lecturer in Education at the University of East Anglia, UK and has published articles and book chapters on mixed-sex sport in HE, European media representations of gender at major sporting events, the surveillance of sportswomen's bodies in British newspapers, and the media coverage of women's boxing..

Reviews

“I wish I had read this book earlier in my career. The challenges and pleasures of academia as feminist activity are engagingly discussed in an intellectually rigorous manner. Inspiring!!” (Heather  Savigny, Associate Professor in Gender & Politics, Bournemouth University)

“A profound and moving analysis that vividly articulates the challenges, complexities and precariousness of the lives of feminist early career academics in the neoliberal university.” (Elisabeth Kelan, Professor of Leadership, Director Cranfield International Centre for Women Leaders, Cranfield University)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction: Being an Early Career Feminist Academic in a Changing Academy

    Thwaites, Rachel (et al.)

    Pages 1-28

  • A Precarious Passion: Gendered and Age-Based Insecurity Among Aspiring Academics in Australia

    McKenzie, Lara

    Pages 31-49

  • Navigating Gendered Expectations at the Margins of Feminism and Criminology

    Marques, Olga

    Pages 51-69

  • Academic, Woman, Mother: Negotiating Multiple Subjectivities During Early Career

    Bosanquet, Agnes

    Pages 73-91

  • Room for Confidence: Early Career Feminists in the English Department

    Goodwyn, Helena (et al.)

    Pages 93-108

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-54325-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-54324-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Being an Early Career Feminist Academic
Book Subtitle
Global Perspectives, Experiences and Challenges
Editors
  • Rachel Thwaites
  • Amy Pressland
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54325-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54325-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54324-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 298
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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