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Disrupting the Culture of Silence: Confronting Gender Inequality and Making Change in Higher Education (Paperback)
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Disrupting the Culture of Silence: Confronting Gender Inequality and Making Change in Higher Education (Paperback)

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Paperback 392 Pages / Published: 30/11/2014
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What do women academics classify as challenging, inequitable, or "hostile" work environments and experiences? How do these vary by women's race/ethnicity, rank, sexual orientation, or other social locations?

How do academic cultures and organizational structures work independently and in tandem to foster or challenge such work climates?

What actions can institutions and individuals - independently and collectively - take toward equity in the academy?

Despite tremendous progress towards gender equality and equity in institutions of higher education, deep patterns of discrimination of and hostility towards women in the academy persist. From the "chilly climate" to the "old boys' club", women faculty must navigate structures and cultures that continue to marginalize, penalize, and undermine their success.

This book is intended as a "tool kit" for creating greater equality and equity in higher education. It presents the latest research on issues of concern to women academics and anyone interested in a more equitable academy. Through narratives and the use of critical feminist analysis, it highlights the hostile experiences of women academics, across disciplines and ranks, in order to disrupt complacency among those who might claim that things are "better" or "good enough"; and to provide readers with strategies to counter or dismantle barriers of culture, climate or institutional structures.

The contributors compare and contrast the stories of women across races and ethnicities, and explore under-examined identities such as lesbian, feminist, married or unmarried, mother or non-mother. The book includes case studies of women who have encountered workplaces antagonistic to their identities, their approaches to teaching, or to their research agendas, and offers suggested action steps and best practices for individuals navigating such environments.

Beyond women in academe, this book is addressed to administrators interested in changing their hostile cultures and policies, and to researchers/scholars investigating these phenomena.

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
ISBN: 9781620362181
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Engagingly written and rich in formal data and telling anecdote, this sociologically smart collection will be an important tool for graduate students and faculty confronting what remains a male-biased system of higher education. The editors draw on their own interviews with women in many academic disciplines and enlist other researchers and activists to provide a rich and deep look at gendered experiences in academia today. Commendably, the editors give strong representation to women of color, disabled women, and lesbians in defining how 'women' experience (and overcome) diverse challenges. Variation among disciplines and between institutions is also highlighted. The beauty of the volume emerges most in its telling details: e.g., the problematic idea that 'just say no' to service work is a feasible organizational strategy; the value in changing policy rather than seeking ad hoc accommodations; the self-contradictory advice about when in an academic career to have a baby. Excellent bibliography and list of disciplinary and other extra-university resources for change make this book an invaluable resource for all faculty or students looking for insight into strategies for real inclusivity. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."--Choice (reviewed by Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin)
"The intended audience is women faculty, though this includes tenured and tenure-track professors, contingent faculty and lecturers. By focusing on faculty in particular, the editors are able to reveal longstanding inequalities amongst a population presumed to be of power, making individual stories and quantitative statistics alike salient to those with experience of any kind in higher education. The book provides solidarity for women faculty, and breaks down complex social and institutional problems in a digestible introduction to gender inequality. Beyond the intended audience of women faculty, Disrupting the Culture of Silence is a useful resource for anyone looking to start a conversation on gender inequality in higher education"--Pedagogy and the Human Sciences
"Kris De Welde and Andi Stepnicks new co-edited book, Disrupting the Culture of Silence: Confronting Gender Inequality and Making Change in Higher Education, is an engaging, evidence-based toolkit for building gender equity in higher education. I just got my copy of the book two weeks ago, and I havent been able to put it down.

Disrupting the Culture of Silence is an essential read. More than that, it is a resource that faculty members and administrators will want to re-read, and reference, and use "to make change on their own campuses and in their professional and personal lives." Be sure to get a copy or two for your libraries and teaching centers."--Gayle Sulik "The Society Pages "
-The intended audience is women faculty, though this includes tenured and tenure-track professors, contingent faculty and lecturers. By focusing on faculty in particular, the editors are able to reveal longstanding inequalities amongst a population presumed to be of power, making individual stories and quantitative statistics alike salient to those with experience of any kind in higher education. The book provides solidarity for women faculty, and breaks down complex social and institutional problems in a digestible introduction to gender inequality. Beyond the intended audience of women faculty, Disrupting the Culture of Silence is a useful resource for anyone looking to start a conversation on gender inequality in higher education---Pedagogy and the Human Sciences
-Engagingly written and rich in formal data and telling anecdote, this sociologically smart collection will be an important tool for graduate students and faculty confronting what remains a male-biased system of higher education. The editors draw on their own interviews with women in many academic disciplines and enlist other researchers and activists to provide a rich and deep look at gendered experiences in academia today. Commendably, the editors give strong representation to women of color, disabled women, and lesbians in defining how 'women' experience (and overcome) diverse challenges. Variation among disciplines and between institutions is also highlighted. The beauty of the volume emerges most in its telling details: e.g., the problematic idea that 'just say no' to service work is a feasible organizational strategy; the value in changing policy rather than seeking ad hoc accommodations; the self-contradictory advice about when in an academic career to have a baby. Excellent bibliography and list of disciplinary and other extra-university resources for change make this book an invaluable resource for all faculty or students looking for insight into strategies for real inclusivity. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.---Choice (reviewed by Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin)
-Kris De Welde and Andi Stepnicks new co-edited book, Disrupting the Culture of Silence: Confronting Gender Inequality and Making Change in Higher Education, is an engaging, evidence-based toolkit for building gender equity in higher education. I just got my copy of the book two weeks ago, and I havent been able to put it down.

Disrupting the Culture of Silence is an essential read. More than that, it is a resource that faculty members and administrators will want to re-read, and reference, and use -to make change on their own campuses and in their professional and personal lives.- Be sure to get a copy or two for your libraries and teaching centers.---Gayle Sulik -The Society Pages -
"Kris De Welde and Andi Stepnick�s new co-edited book, Disrupting the Culture of Silence: Confronting Gender Inequality and Making Change in Higher Education, is an engaging, evidence-based toolkit for building gender equity in higher education. I just got my copy of the book two weeks ago, and I haven�t been able to put it down.

Disrupting the Culture of Silence is an essential read. More than that, it is a resource that faculty members and administrators will want to re-read, and reference, and use "to make change on their own campuses and in their professional and personal lives." Be sure to get a copy or two for your libraries and teaching centers."--Gayle Sulik "The Society Pages "

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