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Title: Deal-making and rule-breaking: behind the facade of equity in academia
Contributor(s): Kjeldal, S (author); Rindfleish, JM  (author); Sheridan, AJ  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2005
DOI: 10.1080/09540250500145130
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Abstract: A glass ceiling for women still exists in academia after two decades of equal employment opportunity (EEO) legislation in Australia. There are complex factors that when combined make gender inequity in the higher education sector highly resistant to change. Using personal histories as a reflexive device, the paper makes explicit the embedded male patterns of behaviour in academia that operate beneath the facade of policies and rules put into place to counter inequity. In particular, the paper focuses on the cognitive dissonance individuals experience due to the disparity between formal organizational policies promoting equity, such as workload allocations, and perceptions of the unequal opportunities for women and men. Using social identity theory and the leader member exchange (LMX) framework, the daily experiences of three academic women are interpreted, the impediments to equality identified, and suggestions made for more fundamental change to gendered organizational structures within academia. The analysis of such behaviours shows that the traditional emphasis of EEO legislation on formal policies and procedures to bring about genderequity in academia needs to be accompanied by cultural change programs that make explicit and challenge behaviours that reproduce and reinforce male hegemony in academia.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Gender and Education, 17(4), p. 431-447
Publisher: Routledge Journals
Place of Publication: Oxfordshire England
ISSN: 0954-0253
Field of Research (FOR): 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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