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To be or not to be: a lecturer in higher education in Sweden
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
2001 (English)In: International journal of sociology and social policy, ISSN 0144-333X, E-ISSN 1758-6720, Vol. 21, no 11/12, 57-74 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article considers changes which occurred during the 1990s in Universities in Sweden with the main discussion focusing on the way in which these changes have affected the work situation for lecturers from a gender, management and organisation perspective. The empirical data used to inform the article consists of depth-interviews with male and female lecturers in junior and middle-management positions at one University in Sweden. The article explores the issues examining in particular the ways in which women and men conform to the stereotype of ‘abstract worker' on which the new public management appears to rely. The abstract worker in conceptualised as a person who does not, and indeed should not for purposes of a career, have any personal responsibility outside of work. In this conceptualisation loyalty to the employer is the most important priority for the abstract worker with responsibility for children and the family counting heavily against those with career aspirations. The gendered implications of this and other issues arising from the recent changes in University life in Sweden are examined in the article.

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2001. Vol. 21, no 11/12, 57-74 p.
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Gender and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-13198DOI: 10.1108/01443330110789709Local ID: c640b510-f187-11db-bb1b-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:986150

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