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Gender discourses in academic mobility

Cohen, S.A., Hanna, P., Higham, J., Hopkins, D. and Orchiston, C. (2019) Gender discourses in academic mobility Gender, Work and Organization (27). pp. 149-165.

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Despite increasing geographic mobility among academic staff, gendered patterns of involvement in academic mobility have largely escaped scrutiny. Positioned within literatures on internationalisation, physical proximity, gender and parenthood in academic mobility and understandings of gender as a process enacted through both discursive and embodied practices, we use discourse analysis based on interviews with academics in New Zealand to examine differences in language that create differing realities with regards to gender and obligations of care in academic mobility decisions. The findings reveal how academic mobility is discursively formulated as ‘essential’ to successful academic careers, with the need for frequent travel justified despite advances in virtual communication technologies. Heteronormative discourses are shown to disrupt and fragment the opportunities female academics have to engage in academic mobility. However, we also uncover ways in which these discourses are resisted, wherein fathers articulate emotional strain associated with academic mobility. The paper shows how discourse works to constitute the essentialisation of academic mobility, and the uneven gendered practices associated with it, whilst also giving voice to gender inequities in academic mobility from the southern hemisphere.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Higham, J.
Hopkins, D.
Orchiston, C.
Date : 13 September 2019
DOI : 10.1111/gwao.12413
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Uncontrolled Keywords : Academic travel; Gender; Parenthood; Discourse analysis; New Zealand
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 24 Sep 2019 07:57
Last Modified : 07 Feb 2020 16:31

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