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Lost in liberalism: a case study of the disappearance of the gender agenda at a South African university

Shackleton, Lesley

Abstract:
This article is a case study that focuses on an initiative to increase the number of women in leadership positions in higher education in South Africa.  The paper concentrates on what the interactions around a case study of a feminist change initiative, called HERS-SA, reveal about the institutional culture of the university under analysis. Shackleton also incorporates her own experiences as the initiator of HERS-SA, an institutional transformation organisation that counters racial discrimination.The author interviews several staff members from both academia as well as administration in her endeavour to provide revelatory information.   It is concluded that although women admit that the gendered climate at this university is uncomfortable, its culture helps them to obliterate the underlying causes of their discomfort.             

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Document Title: Lost in liberalism: a case study of the disappearance of the gender agenda at a South African university
Journal: Feminist Africa
Issue: 9
No. of Pages: 23-41


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Staff
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Gender, Gender Equity, Academic Staff, Administrative Staff, Women in Higher Education, Leadership, Case Study, Historically White Institutions HWI s, Institutional Transformation, Institutional Culture, Liberalism, Patriarchy


File Size:103 KB
Rights:Permission to use this article was granted by the editors and author.
Date Added:27 March 2008


Shackleton, Lesley (2007). Lost in liberalism: a case study of the disappearance of the gender agenda at a South African university, Feminist Africa (9):23-41