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Hidden transcripts: The micropolitics of gender in Commonwealth universities
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-07, 20:01 authored by Louise Morley
This article is about the subtle and complex ways in which discrimination against women takes place in higher education. A major finding of the Gender Equity in Commonwealth Higher Education Project was the way in which gendered power is relayed via everyday transactions and relationships. Even where there is a sophisticated equity policy context as in the case of South Africa, macro aspirations often do not reach the micro-level of experience. This article applies the conceptual framework of micropolitics in its analysis of women students' and staffs' experiences of the gendered organisational culture of higher education. It examines how gender discrimination can take place via informal networks, coalitions, and exclusions, as well as by formal arrangements in classrooms and boardrooms.
JournalWomen's Studies International Forum
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- Education Publications
NotesThis article is based on a strand of analysis from the DFID/Carnegie funded research project `Gender Equity in Commonwealth Higher Education'. The project was a comparative study of interventions for gendered change in relation to access, curriculum transformation and staff development in Nigeria, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Uganda. This project attracted interest and critical acclaim e.g. keynote presentations in Canada, Australia, Uganda, Germany, Belgium, France, China and Italy. Its originality related to the fact that there has been limited qualitative, sociological scholarship on gender in higher education in low-income countries. The article is part of a special edition of a journal edited by Louise Morley. Other articles were from team members across the different countries. As such, this was a major contribution to research capacity building and publications from low-income countries.
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