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ERIC Number: EJ1099461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-9809
The Major Influences of the Boundless-Extended Family System on the Professional Experiences of Black Zimbabwean Women Leaders in Higher Education
Chitiga, Miriam Miranda
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2008 n2 Sum 2008
The article examines the major influences of the black Zimbabwean boundless-extended family system on the professional trajectories of women leaders working within the higher education system of Zimbabwe. The study is based on in-depth interviews conducted with thirty female leaders who shared information about their major family responsibilities. Using an analytical framework that facilitates a critical analysis of the evidence, the paper discusses the persisting significance of the interdependent systems of social stratification, namely race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, and class in the private and public spheres of the female leaders. In an effort to preserve the nuances, essence, and voices, as well as to give them the prominence they deserve, the paper includes excerpts from the participants' responses. The paper suggests private and micro (familial and cultural) and public and macro (institutional and systemic) ways of alleviating some of the major challenges that the boundless-extended family system places on the professional advancement of women leaders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Zimbabwe
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A