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The marketised university and the politics of motherhood

Amsler, Sarah; Motta, Sara C.


Sarah Amsler

Sara C. Motta


© 2017, © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. In this paper, we offer a critique of neoliberal power from the perspective of the gendered, sexualised, raced and classed politics of motherhood in English universities. By using dialogical auto-ethnographic methods to examine our own past experiences as full-time employed mother–academics, we demonstrate how feminist academic praxis can not only help make the gendered workings of neoliberal power more visible, but also enable us to nurture and sustain alternative ways of being and working in, against and outside the university. Far from desiring greater inclusion into a system which enshrines repressive logics of productivity and reproduces gendered subjectivities, inequalities, silences and exclusions, we aim to refuse and transgress it by bringing feminist critiques of knowledge, labour and neoliberalism to bear on how we understand our own experiences of motherhood in the academic world.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 31, 2017
Online Publication Date Mar 30, 2017
Publication Date Jan 2, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 8, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 1, 2018
Journal Gender and Education
Print ISSN 0954-0253
Electronic ISSN 1360-0516
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 1
Pages 82-99
Keywords Motherhood and academia, feminist methodologies and theories, neoliberal subjectification, time–space logics of neoliberalism, resistance, refusal and transgression
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Gender and Education on 30 March 2017, available online:


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