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    Crafting the Elastic Self? Gender and Identities in Senior Appointments in Irish Education


    Devine, Dympna and Grummell, Bernie and Lynch, Kathleen (2011) Crafting the Elastic Self? Gender and Identities in Senior Appointments in Irish Education. Gender, Work and Organisation, 18 (6). pp. 631-649. ISSN 1468-0432

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    Abstract

    This article considers the impact of new managerial reform on the recruitment and retention of women into senior management posts across the Irish education sector. In Ireland as elsewhere, the rhetoric of gender equality permeates new managerial reforms. Yet our data suggest that an emphasis on performativity and an intense commitment to paid work consolidates masculinist management cultures disguised through the ideology of choice. This works to the detriment of women, especially those with caring responsibilities. Drawing on studies of 23 top-level educational appointments in primary, secondary and higher education, we show how the relentless crafting of an elastic self is required for both those who remain in management positions in education and those who seek them

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: new managerialism; gender practices; identities; power; education;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 4781
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0432.2009.00513.x
    Depositing User: Dr. Bernie Grummell
    Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2014 15:31
    Journal or Publication Title: Gender, Work and Organisation
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc
    Refereed: Yes
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