The marketised university and the politics of motherhood

Amsler, Sarah and Motta, Sara C. (2017) The marketised university and the politics of motherhood. Gender and Education . ISSN 0954-0253 (In Press)

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Abstract

In this paper, we offer a critique of neoliberal power from the perspective of the gendered, sexualised, raced and classed politics of motherhood in English universities. By using dialogical autoethnographic methods to examine our own past experiences as full-time employed mother–academics, we demonstrate how feminist academic praxis can not only help make the gendered workings of neoliberal power more visible, but also enable us to nurture and sustain alternative ways of being and working in, against and outside the university. Far from desiring greater inclusion into a system which enshrines repressive logics of productivity and reproduces gendered subjectivities, inequalities, silences and exclusions, we aim to refuse and transgress it by bringing feminist critiques of knowledge, labour and neoliberalism to bear on how we understand our own experiences of motherhood in the academic world.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:motherhood and academia, feminist methodologies, neoliberalism, higher education, politics of education
Subjects:L Social studies > L321 Women's Studies
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
L Social studies > L210 Political Theories
L Social studies > L171 Capitalism
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:26375
Deposited By: Sarah Amsler
Deposited On:15 Feb 2017 15:30
Last Modified:15 Feb 2017 15:30

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