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A career-history analysis of gender differences in publication productivity among South African academics

Prozesky, Heidi

Abstract:
Decades of research on gender differences in academic publication productivity has as yet provided very little, if any, empirical support for the common sense understand¬ing that a certain measure of incompatibility exists between being a mother and a productive academic researcher. In an attempt to start unravelling the complexity of this productivity puzzle in the South African context, data collected from Curriculum Vitae (CVs) are integrated with qualitative interview data. This methodological ap¬proach provides a detailed view of publication patterns, couched within the context of an in-depth perspective on the career histories of sixteen of the country’s top-per¬forming academics. The study identifies important ways in which women and men ap¬proach their early academic and family lives differently, with divergent consequences for their career publication productivity.

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Document Title: A career-history analysis of gender differences in publication productivity among South African academics
Journal: Science Studies
Volume: 21
Issue: 2
No. of Pages: 47-67


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Staff
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Career, Publication, Publication Productivity


File Size:142 KB
Date Added:11 May 2012


Prozesky, Heidi (2008) A career-history analysis of gender differences in publication productivity among South African academics, Science Studies 21 (2) : 47-67