Woman in the ivory tower

Joan Eveline (UWA Business School, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

To challenge dualistic concepts of masculinity and femininity via a case for understanding gender as a verb.

Design/methodology/approach

Using Deleuzian and feminist frameworks, the paper appraises six plateaus of desire and intensity through which gendered identities are assembled and re‐assembled in binary terms. The case study approach highlights the positioning and repositioning of a woman whose leadership of a leading academic institution involves breaking new ground in a male‐defined occupation, at a time when higher education is undergoing radical restructure.

Findings

The paper shows how masculinised and feminised identity positions are effected through attempts to affix certainty to indistinct and multiple dimensions of being and becoming.

Originality/value

Suggests that if we wish to understand gender in non‐dualistic terms we should think through the body to see both corporeality and identity as ambiguous and always unfinished assemblage

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Citation

Eveline, J. (2005), "Woman in the ivory tower", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 18 No. 6, pp. 641-658. https://doi.org/10.1108/09534810510628558

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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