Policy and leadership as practice: Senior women academics and the "risky business" of diversity policies in enterprise universities

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Abstract

This paper explores the ways in which senior female academics' leadership practices are informed and negotiated in relation to a multiplicity of fields. While policy is one of those fields and has a hegemonic hold on representations of women's work, it is not the sole site in which many women leaders operate, nor the most important in guiding the practices they produce. Drawing upon case studies of senior academic woman leaders, the paper examines the strategic ways in which they draw upon a variety of logics of practices from fields such as academia, feminism and the 'private realm', amongst others. The case studies examine how the women's leadership practices contest the emergent logic of practice of neoliberal notions of management which underpin the academic field. Such contestation can be considered one of the 'subaltern' consequences of policy regimes and form an integral part of policy fields.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the AARE 2007 International Educational Research Conference
EditorsPeter L Jeffery
Place of PublicationVictoria Australia
PublisherAustralian Association for Research in Education
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2007 - University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, Australia
Duration: 25 Nov 200729 Nov 2007

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2007
Abbreviated titleAARE 2007
CountryAustralia
CityFremantle
Period25/11/0729/11/07

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Wilkinson, J. (2007). Policy and leadership as practice: Senior women academics and the "risky business" of diversity policies in enterprise universities. In P. L. Jeffery (Ed.), Proceedings of the AARE 2007 International Educational Research Conference Australian Association for Research in Education. https://www.aare.edu.au/data/publications/2007/wil07231.pdf