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‘Real business’? : gendered identities in accounting and management academia

Haynes, K. and Fearful, A. (2007) ‘Real business’? : gendered identities in accounting and management academia. Working Paper. Department of Management Studies, University of York

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This paper explores the gendered identities of women academics in accounting and management academia. Drawing upon autoethnographical detail, we reflect upon the complexities of identities as they are constructed, developed, experienced and understood both by ourselves and others. By presenting several short autobiographical vignettes, we examine perceptions of the gendered identity of women in academia as caring, ‘motherly’ and nurturing, and we demonstrate attempts to exploit so-called ‘natural’ feminine, mothering traits as a means of fulfilling the pastoral and administrative components of universities. In considering such stereotypes, we address examples of their selffulfilment, whilst considering how academic structures and practices also impose such distinctions. We consider negative implications for the career success of women academics in the ‘real business’ of academia, typified by research, publications and academic networking, arguing that until these stereotypes are challenged, women academics will continue to be disadvantaged within academic institutions.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Keywords: academia,accounting,identity,gender,career,university,management school.
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > The York Management School
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2007 17:04
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2016 23:02
Status: Published
Publisher: Department of Management Studies, University of York
Refereed: No
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3469

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