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Gender Transformations in Higher Education

Nordin, Astrid (2007) Gender Transformations in Higher Education. Sociological Research Online, 12 (1). ISSN 1360-7804

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Abstract

This paper offers a critical perspective on issues around gender and sexual transformation within the context of UK Higher Education. Drawing on qualitative data carried out by undergraduate and postgraduate students, the analysis explores some of the diverse and often challenging ways in which young/er women and men are thinking and talking about gender, sexuality and feminism, as well as their strategies for turning ideas into political action. The research focuses on the activities and opinions of students belonging to an anti-sexist organisation within one UK university, who are engaged in campaigns to raise awareness about the damaging effects of gender and sexual inequalities, as well as promoting the popular appeal of contemporary feminisms. Locating the voices and research findings of the students themselves at the centre of the discussion, the paper is produced collaboratively between students and teachers who are involved in both the activist and research elements of this project. The paper also argues for (and provides evidence of) the transformative potential of alternative and critical forms of student engagement and student/ staff collaboration in relation to gender informed academic activism.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Sociological Research Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Feminism ; Post-Feminism ; Anti-Sexism ; Higher Education ; Activism ; Academic Activism ; Praxis ; Critical Pedagogy ; Collaborative Methods
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 60242
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2012 12:05
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2012 12:05
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/60242

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