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Constructing or rejecting the notion of other in senior university management: the cases of Ireland and Sweden

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dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Pat
dc.contributor.author Goransson, Anita
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-03T15:20:29Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-03T15:20:29Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/3877
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract   We focus on gender stereotypes in West European university management by comparing two countries: Sweden and Ireland. In secular Sweden there are strong policies that are implemented at all political levels supported by the public discourse; while in Ireland such measures are few and the equality infrastructures and discourse have been weakened by the state. In Sweden women have come to dominate the Rector/President/Vice Chancellor positions and each gender has between 40 and 50 per cent of the other leading positions. In Ireland there are no women in the top position and their percentage of other leading positions is between 13-25 per cent. Drawing on interview data from senior ‘manager academics’ (Deem, 2003) in Irish and Swedish universities this article shows that in Sweden traditional gender stereotypes are not credible anymore-with senior manager-academics not seeing such stereotypes as mirroring reality. Thus, even if they acknowledge the existence of stereotypes, they distance themselves from them. In Ireland traditional stereotypes still have more of a grip on manager-academics. These country differences are seen in the context of different gender orders in the respective countries. It seems that more areas are still gendered in Irish society in comparison with Sweden, and the gender order is stronger and more hierarchical. Thus it appears that by actively recruiting women in leading positions in a societal context that supports feminist values, traditional stereotypes may be reduced. On the other hand gendered stereotypes in the absence of such a context reflect and reinforce patterns that legitimise and valorise men’s and women’s positions within hierarchical gendered structures. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Sage Publications en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Educational Management Administration and Leadership;June 17
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1741143214523015
dc.subject management; en_US
dc.subject Swedish; en_US
dc.subject universities en_US
dc.subject gender stereotypes en_US
dc.subject Irish en_US
dc.title Constructing or rejecting the notion of other in senior university management: the cases of Ireland and Sweden 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
dc.date.updated 2014-07-03T15:05:59Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/1741143214523015
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1564429
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Educational Management, Administration and Leadership
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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