The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Education brings together leading scholars on gender and education to provide an up-to-date and broad-ranging guide to the field. It is a comprehensive overview of different theoretical positions on equity issues in schools. The contributions cover all sectors of education from early years to higher education; curriculum subjects; methodological and theoretical perspectives; and gender identities in education. Each chapter reviews, synthesises, and provides a critical interrogation of key contemporary themes in education. This approach ensures that the book will be an indispensable source of reference for a wide range of readers: students, academics and practitioners.
Chapter 34: Women Working in Academe: Approach with Care
Women Working in Academe: Approach with Care
This chapter takes a close look, from a broadly sociological perspective, at the working lives of women academics in universities. Universities are highly complex organizations, and academics are not their only inhabitants. Most literature is concerned with students, faculty or administrators. Little has been done to study the roles of other staff members who keep the institution running through their administrative, secretarial, service and manual labor – those in the ‘ivory basement’, in Eveline's (2004) terminology. We, too, follow conventional practice in giving pride of place to academics. Arguably, they are key actors in the academy, even perhaps more than the students, who are temporary tenants. Charting the full intricacies of university ...