Let the right one in: A Bourdieusian analysis of gender inequality in universities’ senior management

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Abstract

This article examines the lack of gender diversity in senior management positions in professional staff in universities. These results are analysed via a Bourdieusian analysis of economic, social, cultural and symbolic capital. Through a purposeful sample of senior professional staff working in universities in three countries: Australia, Canada and the UK, six career-enhancing strategies needed for career success were determined. The article critiques the resource-based view of career capital and argues that capitals accumulation for career success can be understood by considering the concepts of symbolic violence and habitus as a way of understanding intra-cohort differences. It proposes that by considering both the subjective and objective cultural constructs via habitus, and by acknowledging the importance of symbolic capital and symbolic violence towards women, this may be one way of increasing female representation in senior management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-123
Number of pages17
JournalGender, Work & Organization
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bourdieu
  • Career capital
  • gender
  • Higher education
  • Habitus
  • Symbolic capital

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