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Globalization and Women in Academia : North/west-south/east - Carmen Luke

Globalization and Women in Academia


Paperback Published: 13th July 2001
ISBN: 9780805836691
Number Of Pages: 296

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In this cross-cultural exploration of the comparative experiences of Asian and Western women in higher education management, leading feminist theorist Carmen Luke constructs a provocative framework that situates her own standpoint and experiences alongside those of Asian women she studied over a three-year period. She conveys some of the complexity of global sweeps and trends in education and feminist discourse as they intersect with local cultural variations but also dovetail into patterns of regional similarities.
Western feminist research has established that relatively few women hold senior positions in universities and colleges. Using the now common metaphor of the "glass ceiling," this research has developed a range of social, cultural, and institutional explanations for women's underrepresentation in academic life. International studies show that women in non-Western countries are also underrepresented in higher education. Yet do Western explanations and strategies for change hold for academic women working in non-Western universities? The very diversity among women's experiences calls into question many of the analytic tools, terms, claims, and solutions formulated by Western feminism. This is the first study to show how cultural differences figure into the institutional dynamics of "glass ceilings." It raises important theoretical and practical, strategic, and tactical questions about issues of cultural difference and institutional power.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Introductionp. xiii
Women, Education, and Equity: North/West
Women in Academics: Views From the North/Westp. 3
Globalizationp. 24
New Managerialism and Women in Higher Educationp. 53
Western Feminism, Globalization, and Local Standpointsp. 72
Women, Education, and Equity: South/East
Women in Academics: Views From the South/Eastp. 99
Thailandp. 129
Singaporep. 150
Hong Kongp. 176
Malaysiap. 199
Postscriptp. 235
Referencesp. 241
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780805836691
ISBN-10: 0805836691
Series: Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 13th July 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1