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ERIC Number: EJ1228686
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0160-7561
No Place Like Home: The Gendered Consequences of Outrage on University Campuses
Schultz, Annie
Philosophical Studies in Education, v50 p140-149 2019
This case points to the problem of the gendered precariousness of academia. While "a casual observer of academic environments might come to the conclusion that women's problems in higher education have been solved," a second look reveals that "while women in positions of power and authority on American campuses have increased, they are still well below the levels of their male counterparts." Women who work in academia still function under expectations informed by dated gender norms; namely, the expectation to make the rapidly privatizing university homelike and to embody this sense of home in their speech, actions, and writing. In this paper, the author investigates the continued expectation of women to do the emotional homemaking in the academy as in all spaces. Toward this end, the author examines the controversy at Yale University's Silliman College in which a husband and wife--both professors at Yale, one tenured and one not--shared the position of residential fellows and were accused by students of not upholding their duties of making the residential college a home for students. The author explores the expectation of homemaking coupled with the woman faculty member's status of non-tenure track, the accusations made against her by students, and what this means for the cultural climates of American universities and their function as spaces of meaning-making and knowledge production.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut