Negative ‘marking’: university research administrators and the contestation of moral exclusion

Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2009) Negative ‘marking’: university research administrators and the contestation of moral exclusion. Studies in Higher Education, 34 (8). pp. 941-954. ISSN 0307-5079

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Full text URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075070902755641

Abstract

With the exception of academics, occupational groups within universities remain relatively under-researched. Based upon qualitative interviews with 27 research administrators in 19 UK universities, this article reports on a small-scale qualitative project to investigate the workday worlds of these 'boundary-crossing' and 'occupationally hybrid' staff. The article focuses specifically upon the organisational constraints imposed upon research administrators in terms of what has been termed 'moral exclusion' in the form of: negative labelling, rendering invisible, and stigmatising and blaming. The ways in which research administrators used their social agency determinedly to contest such exclusion and negative labelling are also portrayed. The article concludes with a discussion of the occupational social space offered by this particular role, which many interviewees recounted as being highly positive.

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Additional Information:With the exception of academics, occupational groups within universities remain relatively under-researched. Based upon qualitative interviews with 27 research administrators in 19 UK universities, this article reports on a small-scale qualitative project to investigate the workday worlds of these 'boundary-crossing' and 'occupationally hybrid' staff. The article focuses specifically upon the organisational constraints imposed upon research administrators in terms of what has been termed 'moral exclusion' in the form of: negative labelling, rendering invisible, and stigmatising and blaming. The ways in which research administrators used their social agency determinedly to contest such exclusion and negative labelling are also portrayed. The article concludes with a discussion of the occupational social space offered by this particular role, which many interviewees recounted as being highly positive.
Keywords:University administrators, Identity, Occupational identity, Research administrators
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:6229
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Deposited On:21 Sep 2012 20:12
Last Modified:04 Dec 2013 18:36

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