‘Surviving on the Inside. Reflections on being a Woman and a Feminist in a Male Academic Institution’

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Abstract

This article considers what it is like to be a woman on the inside: a white woman lecturer and tutor teaching social work students inside the white male bastion of the university. Universities are notoriously male-centred in their organisation, their teaching and their knowledge base; women working in universities have referred to themselves as ‘outsiders in the sacred grove’ (Aisenberg and Harrington, 1988). We might expect Departments of Social Work to be different to this, since social work has historically been a profession staffed by women, working with female clients (Brook and Davis, 1985). I will argue that patriarchal ideas and practices persist throughout higher educational institutions and that the impact of gender (as well as class, ethnicity and ‘race’, sexuality and disability) must be addressed at all levels within social work education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-60
Number of pages24
JournalSocial Work Education
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Keywords

  • feminism
  • social work education
  • Higher education

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