Educational organizations and gender in times of uncertainty

Blackmore, Jill 2010, Educational organizations and gender in times of uncertainty, in Routledge international handbook of the sociology of education, Routledge, New York, N.Y., pp.306-317.

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Title Educational organizations and gender in times of uncertainty
Author(s) Blackmore, Jill
Title of book Routledge international handbook of the sociology of education
Editor(s) Apple, Michael W.
Ball, Stephen J.
Gandin, Luis Armando
Publication date 2010
Chapter number 27
Total chapters 37
Start page 306
End page 317
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication New York, N.Y.
Summary In this chapter I identify and elaborate, from a feminist perspective, upon the theoretical shifts and key concepts that inform sociological analyses of gender and educational organizations. Gender inequalities are embedded in the multi-dimensional structure of relationships between women and men, which, as the modern sociology of gender shows, operates at every level of experience, from economic arrangements, culture and the state to interpersonal relationships and individual emotions. (Connell, 2005: 1801) Even naming this a sociology of gender and organizations is problematic. Many sociologists consider gender as a key sociological concept, but not necessarily from a feminist perspective. Feminism is a multidisciplinary, transnational movement that 'focuses on the relationship between social movements, political action and social inequalities' (Arnot, 2002: 3) and on the everyday experiences of women and girls and how they translate into social and structural 'ruling relations' (Smith, 1988). Feminism takes on multiple trajectories and imperatives in different cultural contexts, although with familial resemblances, most particularly the shared objective of equality for women and girls. Education as a primary institution of individual and collective mobility and social change, but also social and economic reproduction, has long been a focus of feminist theory and activism. So a feminist sociology needs to address this complexity of feminist sociological 'encounters' with gender and organizations.
ISBN 0415486637
9780415486637
Language eng
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio Economic Objective 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Routledge
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019577

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: School of Education
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