ERIC Number: EJ1097977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
Women's Leadership in the Asian Century: Does Expansion Mean Inclusion?
Morley, Louise; Crossouard, Barbara
Studies in Higher Education, v41 n5 p801-814 2016
This paper draws on British Council commissioned research in response to concerns about women's absence from senior leadership positions in higher education in South Asia. The study sought existing knowledge from literature, policies, and available statistics and collected original interview data from 30 academics in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. A central finding was that gender is not a category of analysis in higher education policy, research or statistical data in the region. Our interview data suggest that leadership was frequently not an object of desire for women. Being associated with particular types of masculinities, leadership often carried a heavy affective load for those women who transgressed patriarchal socio-cultural norms and disrupted the symbolic order of women being led by men. Leadership was frequently perceived and experienced by women in terms of navigating a range of ugly feelings and toxicities that depleted aspirations, well-being and opportunities.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Leadership, Higher Education, College Faculty, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Statistical Data, Masculinity, Social Behavior, Behavior Standards, Semi Structured Interviews, Statistical Analysis, Content Analysis, Power Structure
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Afghanistan; Bangladesh; India; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka