Storming the Academic Tower? Patriarchy at Work in UK University Education

By Helen Corr.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The paper addresses why gender stratification and differentiation of power remains salient within university structures in Britain and elsewhere in capitalist economies to-day. It is set in the context of the unprecedented expansion of university education and lifelong learning programmes in Britain. To-day, females constitute over half of university undergraduates in the Arts and Social Sciences. This positive development is set in the context of feminism and ‘female enlightenment’ which ensured that the message ‘personal is political’ has been put on the wider political agenda. Yet, almost 40 years later and drawing on quantitative data, this paper documents a pessimistic picture of structural gender inequalities in terms of the pay gap and vertical segregation and patriarchal ideologies on work and family lives.

Keywords: Gender, Stratification, Universities, Patriarchy, Feminism, Pay and Occupational Segregation, Work and Family

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp.143-150. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 516.194KB).

Dr Helen Corr

Lecturer in Sociology, Department of Geography and Sociology, University of Strathclyde, UK

I have extensive publications on teachers and the politics of gender including two co-edited books; chapters in books; and journal articles such as the Cambridge Journal of Education. Currently, completing a research monograph on gender, education and social change in Britain since industrialisation to the present day.


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