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Progress, but at the expense of male power? Institutional resistance to gender equality in an Irish university

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Show simple item record Hodgins, Margaret O'Connor, Pat 2021-10-06T08:53:51Z 2021-10-06T08:53:51Z 2021
dc.identifier.citation Hodgins, M.; OÂ Connor, P. (2021) 'Progress, but at the expense of male power? Institutional resistance to gender equality in an Irish university'. Frontiers in Sociology, 6 . en_US
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Gender equality is a whole-organization endeavor. Building on Agócs (Journal of Business Ethics, 1997, 16 (9), 917–931) concept of institutionalized resistance this article undertakes a feminist critique of policy and practice around internal promotions to the equivalent of Associate Professor level in one Irish university (called the Case Study University). This university was selected because of its low proportion of women in senior academic positions. The methodology is a single case study design, employing documentary analysis, including secondary data. Since 2013 the proportion of women at Associate Professor in the Case Study University increased significantly (bringing them close to the national average): this being associated with increased transparency, with the cascade model in the background. However, men’s “chances” have varied little over time and at 1:4 are the highest in Irish universities. This article uses Agócs (Journal of Business Ethics, 1997, 16 (9), 917–931) stages of institutional resistance to show that while some changes have been made, ongoing institutionalized resistance is reflected in its failure to accept responsibility for change as reflected in its refusal to challenge the “core mission” and restricting the focus to “fixing the women”; and its failure to implement change by focusing on “busy-ness” which does not challenge power and colluding with foot-dragging and slippage in key areas. It is suggested that such institutional resistance reflects the enactment of hidden or stealth power. The article implicitly raises questions about the intractability and the covertness of men’s power and privilege and the conditions under which women’s “chances” are allowed to improve, thus providing insights into the extent and nature of institutional resistance. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Frontiers Media en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Frontiers in Sociology;6, ID 696446
dc.rights This Document is Protected by copyright and was first published by Frontiers. All rights reserved. it is reproduced with permission en_US
dc.subject gender equality en_US
dc.subject institutional resistance en_US
dc.subject university en_US
dc.subject Irish en_US
dc.subject associate professor en_US
dc.title Progress, but at the expense of male power? Institutional resistance to gender equality in an Irish university en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US 2021-10-06T08:45:23Z
dc.description.version PUBLISHED
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
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dc.identifier.journaltitle Frontiers in Sociology
dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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