'Why do all the women disappear?'

gendering processes in a political science department

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Abstract

The article provides an in-depth analysis of the gendering processes among PhD candidates in a political science department. It uses Joan Acker's theory of gendered organizations operating through four dimensions: the gendered division of labour, gendered interaction, gendered symbols and gendered interpretations of one's position in the organization. The article combines this approach with theories of hidden discrimination. The key theoretical aim is to contribute to gendered organizational theory by examining the ways in which hidden discrimination and the gendered organization work together. This generates detailed and differentiated knowledge about the mechanisms of hidden discrimination that produce gender inequalities in the department. The findings presented in this article point to the role of gendered division of labour and the lack of information about departmental practices. PhD supervision by men is a particularly strong structural barrier for women because of the gendered nature of interaction in supervision and the difficulties that female PhD students have in a male-dominated environment. The article further contributes to debates on gendered organizations by focusing upon the gendered symbols of expertise in political science. These symbols reproduce the man as the political scientist norm and result in women interpreting their own position as marginal or as outsiders.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Volume15
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)113-230
Number of pages118
ISSN0968-6673
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 517 Political science
  • naiset
  • piilosyrjintä
  • sukupuoli
  • sukupuoliroolit
  • työympäristö
  • ammatit
  • kouluttajat
  • opettajat
  • politiikantutkimus
  • syrjintä
  • työhönotto
  • tasa-arvo
  • tutkijat
  • tiede
  • naisen asema

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'Why do all the women disappear?' : gendering processes in a political science department. / Kantola, Johanna.

In: Gender, Work and Organization, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2008, p. 113-230.

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