The marketised university and the politics of motherhood

Amsler, Sarah and Motta, Sara C. (2017) The marketised university and the politics of motherhood. Gender and Education . ISSN 0954-0253

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Abstract

In this paper, we offer a critique of neoliberal power from the perspective of the gendered, sexualised, raced and classed politics of motherhood in English universities. By using dialogical auto-ethnographic methods to examine our own past experiences as full-time employed mother–academics, we demonstrate how feminist academic praxis can not only help make the gendered workings of neoliberal power more visible, but also enable us to nurture and sustain alternative ways of being and working in, against and outside the university. Far from desiring greater inclusion into a system which enshrines repressive logics of productivity and reproduces gendered subjectivities, inequalities, silences and exclusions, we aim to refuse and transgress it by bringing feminist critiques of knowledge, labour and neoliberalism to bear on how we understand our own experiences of motherhood in the academic world.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Gender and Education on 30 March 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09540253.2017.1296116
Keywords: Motherhood and academia, feminist methodologies and theories, neoliberal subjectification, time–space logics of neoliberalism, resistance, refusal and transgression
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Identification Number: 10.1080/09540253.2017.1296116
Depositing User: Amsler, Sarah
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2017 14:10
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 18:53
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/45575

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