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Seminar Series - Indicators of Esteem: Gender and Prestige in Academic Work

Date: 19 February 2014 Time: 12.30 - 2.00 p.m.

Venue: B.89 County South

Seminar Series

Dr Kelly Coate & Dr Camille Kandiko Howson

King's Learning Institute, King's College London

Indicators of Esteem: Gender and Prestige in Academic Work

The continued gender imbalance in senior positions in academia in higher education is a problem that persists in spite of decades of feminist research and publications in the area, as well as interventions in many countries to promote the advancement of women. In this article we view the issue of gender inequality through the lens of the prestige economy (Blackmore and Kandiko 2011), which suggests that academics are motivated by prestige factors accrued through advancement in their careers. Prestige, authority and status, we suggest, may be more easily acquired by male academics. We draw on data from a survey on academic careers (n=269) in a university in Ireland to explore the extent to which the concept of prestige is gendered.

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