Being an Early Career Feminist Academic

Global Perspectives, Experiences and Challenges

  • Rachel Thwaites
  • Amy Pressland

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introducing the Early Career Experience

  3. Affect and Identities: Negotiating Tensions in the Early Career

  4. Exploring Experience Through Innovative Methodologies

  5. Work, Networks and Social Capital: Building the Academic Career

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Órla Meadhbh Murray, Muireann Crowley, Lena Wånggren
      Pages 215-235
  6. Envisaging Feminist Futures

  7. Rachel Thwaites, Amy Pressland
    Pages 285-288
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 289-298

About this book


This book highlights the experiences of feminist early career researchers and teachers from an international perspective in an increasingly neoliberal academy. It offers a new angle on a significant and increasingly important discussion on the ethos of higher education and the sector's place in society.
Higher education is fast-changing, increasingly market-driven, and precarious. In this context entering the academy as an early career academic presents both challenges and opportunities. Early career academics frequently face the prospect of working on fixed term contracts, with little security and no certain prospect of advancement, while constantly looking for the next role. Being a feminist academic adds a further layer of complexity: the ethos of the marketising university where students are increasingly viewed as ‘customers’ may sit uneasily with a politics of equality for all. Feminist values and practice can provide a means of working through the challenges, but may also bring complications.


Higher Education Feminism Neoliberalism Early Career Scholars Precariousness Gender

Editors and affiliations

  • Rachel Thwaites
    • 1
  • Amy Pressland
    • 2
  1. 1.Canterbury Christ Church UniversityUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Human ResourcesDB Cargo UKUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-54324-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-54325-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-6445
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-6453
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