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ERIC Number: EJ804258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Younger Academics' Constructions of "Authenticity", "Success" and Professional Identity
Archer, Louise
Studies in Higher Education, v33 n4 p385-403 Aug 2008
This article contributes to ongoing work that seeks to understand the nature and formation of contemporary academic identities. Drawing on interview data conducted with a sample of "younger" academics within UK universities, it considers how they position themselves (and in turn experience being positioned) in relation to notions of "authenticity" and "success". It is argued that younger academics' experiences of inauthenticity are exacerbated by: (a) the current dominant performative ethos, (b) their age, (c) race, class, gender, and (d) status--but especially for those who are contract researchers. In particular, it is argued that the extent to which they are able to perform "success" is shaped and constrained by structural locations of "race"/ethnicity, social class, gender and age. Consideration is given to the younger academics' various attempts to position themselves as "authentic", and their negotiations of this contested discursive terrain. It is suggested that the "authentic" and "successful" academic is a desired yet refused identity for many younger academics, who must negotiate on a daily basis not only their attempts at "becoming" but also the threat of "unbecoming". (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom