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ERIC Number: EJ833323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0316-1218
Miss Congeniality Meets the New Managerialism: Feminism, Contingent Labour, and the New University
Webber, Michelle
Canadian Journal of Higher Education, v38 n3 p37-56 2008
In Canada, non-permanent faculty are no longer simply a reserve, flexible labour pool available for administrators to draw on when needed (e.g. during times of fluctuating enrollments); rather, they represent a strategy utilized by universities to reduce overall labour costs. In this article I bring together Women's Studies, feminism, contingent academics, and new managerialism. I explore how Women's Studies, as a site for thwarting ruling relations and offering the promise of alternative pedagogies, is being undercut by its forced reliance on contingent labour. Second, I argue that the new managerialist culture undermines the role of feminism in the contemporary academy such that faculty members' feminism complicates their tenuous positions as non-permanent faculty members. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada