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Dividing academic work: gender and academic career at Swedish universities

Journal article
Authors Petra Angervall
Dennis Beach
Published in Gender and Education
Volume 32
Issue 3
Pages 347-362
ISSN 0954-0253
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Education and Special Education
Pages 347-362
Language en
Keywords Academic work, gender, divisions of labour, competition, collaboration, higher education
Subject categories Educational Sciences


Recent changes within the higher education system have affected the balance of academic labour. This article is based on interviews with 25 women lecturers in Education Faculties at Swedish Universities. It specifically addresses the shifting balance in terms of the increased separation between teaching and research in relation to gender, and the relationship between career advancement and gender this promotes. Distinctions concerning gender and academic labour and an enhancement of these power structures are identified, as well as how these affect possibilities of academic advancement. In conclusion, this study illustrates how women academics understand and navigate their academic career in relation to gendered attributes of academic work such as competitiveness, caretaking and responsibility are discussed

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