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Gendered cultures and performance appraisal: the experience of women academics

Thomas, Robyn 1996. Gendered cultures and performance appraisal: the experience of women academics. Gender, Work & Organization 3 (3) , pp. 143-155. 10.1111/j.1468-0432.1996.tb00055.x

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This paper examines women academics' experiences of appraisal within one English university. Adopting the Foucauldian concepts of discourse and disciplinary power, the paper illustrates how appraisal functions as a disciplinary technology within the organization. Semi-structured interviews, carried out on women academics, reveal how the power relations operating in appraisal work to ‘normalize’ the academic role as a highly competitive, productive unit focused on identifiable, quantitative outputs. The case illustrates the difficulties which women face in trying to put forward alternative discourses which accommodate domestic commitments or different career structures. The research concludes that women academics have only gained limited visibility and voice in the gendered academy through opting in to the new competitive and highly gendered macho culture. The possibilities for women in offering alternative discourses have not materialized, emphasizing the difficulties in changing gendered cultures and challenging the ubiquity of male power.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
ISSN: 1468-0432
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:27

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