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ERIC Number: EJ1156476
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 18
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ISSN: ISSN-0309-8265
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Emotional Masking and Spill-Outs in the Neoliberalized University: A Feminist Geographic Perspective on Mentorship
Bain, Alison L.; Baker, Rachael; Laliberté, Nicole; Milan, Alison; Payne, William J.; Ravensbergen, Léa; Saad, Dima
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, v41 n4 p590-607 2017
This paper addresses the emotional dimensions of academic mentorship from a student mentee perspective and contributes to an emerging literature on geographies of emotion in higher education. It presents a pedagogical practice of self-reflexive co-mentorship--self-peer-ceptive feminist mentoring--and deploys it methodologically to analyze three biographical narratives. From different student mentee vantage points, these narratives reveal how the scales of the body, the family, and the nation are interwoven within the geopolitical and manifest within mentoring relationships. We argue that self-peer-ceptive feminist mentorship allows people at different academic career stages to share personal experiences of navigating the academy as a means to challenge institutional systems of power. Our argument answers three questions: How and why do we express and manage our emotions in mentoring relationships? What spatial scales are invoked through our emotional experiences and with what implications? How are different power structures embedded in the requirements, practices, successes, and failures of emotional management? Our discussion highlights how emotional masking and spill-outs are tools to navigate the emotional terrain of the neoliberalized academy. We conclude that self-peer-ceptive feminist mentoring can unsettle the structural hierarchies that require a "masking" of feelings for the sake of professional distance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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