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ERIC Number: ED179118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Academic Professionalism: Do Men and Women Differ?
Daghistany, Ann
After defining professionalism and examining the researched disparities between men and women, the patriarchal model of professionalism is considered. The way that women have fared within the patriarchal model and four aspects of the model that would appear to benefit from feminization are discussed. The accepted sociological definition of professionalism encompasses three areas: competence, autonomy, and service. The field of literature and language is regarded as feminine, and the fields of history, philosophy, and the earth sciences are regarded as masculine. Competence includes long and thorough training, depth of knowledge, and the attitude of dedication to one's field. There are differences of opinion concerning men's and women's attitudes of dedication toward their profession and concerning competence measured by research. However, women and men are far more equal in these areas than in the rewards and status they receive as recognition for competence or in competence as judged by colleague interaction. The patriarchal model of professionalism assumes that stereotypes are real: that is, that women are warm, expressive, passive and subjective, whereas men manifest the competency cluster of characteristics and are independent, objective, competitive, logical, self-confident, and ambitious. It is concluded that if the patriarchal model could absorb feminization of its imbalance between career and private lives, its publishing mania, its cold and tough attitudes, and its self-seeking power motives, then both men and women could lead richer lives. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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