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The Exploitation of Academic Work: Women in Teaching at Swedish Universities

Authors
  • Angervall, Petra1
  • Beach, Dennis1
  • 1 University of Gothenburg, Department of Education and Special Education, Västra Hamngatan 25, Göteborg, 41117, Sweden , Göteborg (Sweden)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Higher Education Policy
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2017
Volume
31
Issue
1
Pages
1–17
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1057/s41307-017-0041-0
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

This study concerns some of the implications of the increasing commodification of the higher education sector. It tries to highlight how higher education institutions have developed in the late 2000s through the reform path that was introduced to transform programmes and employees into marketable products. New forms of governance that change institutional contexts and concrete practices accompany this change. Based on interviews with a group of female academic lecturers and teachers, we look in particular at how the work structure is organized and practised at Swedish universities. The results illustrate a greater division of labour and a fragmentation of academic work that can be explained by recent developments. More specifically, it appears as if female academics in teaching-intensive departments do work that serves the interests of others (often men), foremost in areas and practices such as research.

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