Troubling intra-actions: gender, neo-liberalism and research in the global academy

Morley, Louise (2015) Troubling intra-actions: gender, neo-liberalism and research in the global academy. Journal of Education Policy, 23 (3). pp. 1-18. ISSN 0268-0939

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This article raises questions about gender in the neo-liberalised research economy. Theoretically, it includes Barad’s concept of intra-action to analyse how discursive-material differences between research winners and losers are created and sustained. Empirically, it draws on international research conducted at British Council seminars onAbsent Talent: Women in Research and Academic Leadership. I examine how neo-liberal policy cultures of financialisation and market values are entangled in research processes, management, and academic identities. I discuss the intra-actions or mingling of knowledge capitalism, research as a vehicle for surveillance and performance management, the affective economy, gendered maldistributions of opportunity structures and academic identities. I argue that research is increasingly instrumentalised as a major relay of power in the construction and destruction of academic identities, with material and affective consequences. The paper poses questions about how disqualifications are constituted and reproduced via a range of intra-actions including research financialisation and its impact on academic identities and the under-representation of women as research leaders in the global academy.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: neo-liberalism, intra-action, gender, research economy, financialisation policy
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: H Social Sciences
L Education
Depositing User: Claire Prater
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2015 12:41
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 06:00

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