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ERIC Number: EJ1406135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2024
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
EISSN: EISSN-1469-3623
Gender and the Navigation of STEM Careers in Higher Education Institutions: Narratives of Female Faculty in Post-Soviet Tajikistan
Zumrad Kataeva
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v54 n1 p55-73 2024
The underrepresentation of female faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines is a globally acknowledged gender equity concern; however, it remains under-researched in post-Soviet contexts. Using a theoretically informed analysis, this paper explores how female STEM faculty members navigate their gender identities in domestic and academic spheres in post-Soviet Tajikistan. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with 21 female faculty members. The results indicated that parental discourses and family circumstances enabled female faculty members to defy the gendered oppositional inscription of STEM, while the performance of non-hegemonic masculinities by spouses, male mentors, and academic supervisors supported their career advancement. However, the gendered micropolitics of higher education institutions significantly undermined the performance of female STEM faculty members' identity and subjected them to discrimination, marginalisation, and isolation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tajikistan
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