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Metaphors on Women in Academia: A Review of the Literature, 2004–2013

At the Center: Feminism, Social Science and Knowledge

ISBN: 978-1-78560-079-1, eISBN: 978-1-78560-078-4

ISSN: 1529-2126

Publication date: 21 August 2015

Abstract

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We highlight the potential benefits of interdependent metaphors which are able to reflect more fully the structurally situated nature of (female) agency. These metaphors, while recognizing the (multiple and intersecting) structural constraints that women may face both within and outwith the academy, are able to capture more fully the different forms female power and agency can take. Consequently, they contribute both to the politicization of problems that female academics may face and to the stimulation of collective responses for a fairer and better academy.

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Acknowledgements

Acknowledgment

We thank Marcia Texler Segal and Vasilikie Demos for their helpful comments on an earlier draft of this chapter.

Citation

Amery, F., Bates, S., Jenkins, L. and Savigny, H. (2015), "Metaphors on Women in Academia: A Review of the Literature, 2004–2013", At the Center: Feminism, Social Science and Knowledge (Advances in Gender Research, Vol. 20), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 245-267. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1529-212620150000020022

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