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ERIC Number: EJ929680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1366
The Self-Managed Heart: Teaching Gender and Doing Emotional Labour in a Higher Education Institution
Koster, Shirley
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v19 n1 p61-77 2011
It is considered good pedagogical practice for undergraduate social science students to reflexively use their real-life experiences to illustrate concepts and theories, especially in relation to themes of social inequality and power. When teaching gender and sexuality, this can become problematic because of the emotional topics involved such as rape, domestic violence and pornography. Inevitably some female students will have experienced sexual assault or domestic violence, whilst male students may feel uncomfortable and somehow to "blame" when discussing topics such as rape and pornography. This article draws upon my experience of teaching gender and sexuality, where female students and some male students have made painful and emotional disclosures. I highlight the ways in which the relationship between lecturer and student changes, how boundaries are challenged, and how the learning journey becomes an emotional journey where the desire to help students takes precedence over the pedagogical role. The work of Hochschild is used to argue that teaching gender involves "emotional labour" that is self-managed and invisible in institutional terms. Finally, I consider how lecturers might cope with emotional labour and maintain boundaries between the personal and the pedagogic within the new academic workplace. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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