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Rethinking academic sisterhood: reflections on relationships between women in research practice and within the ivory tower

Mannay, Dawn and Morgan, Melanie 2014. Rethinking academic sisterhood: reflections on relationships between women in research practice and within the ivory tower. Presented at: Rethinking Sisterhood: The Affective Politics of Women’s Relationships FWSA Interim Conference, Bristol University, Bristol, UK, 13 September 2014.

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Abstract

This paper explores the ways in which sisterhood is conceptualised in terms of supportive frameworks, caring practices and expectations of acceptable femininities. The paper argues that sisterhood would be better conceptualised within discourses of the sibling relationship, which allows an acceptance of the everyday aggression that is often evoked in masculine relationships but silenced in accounts of the feminine. Drawing on research with mothers and daughters in marginalised areas in south Wales and our own experiences of being working-class women in academia, the paper examines the complexities of sisterhood and acceptable classed femininities. The paper discusses concrete examples of how class and place act to evoke different forms of sisterhood that can be experienced as both inclusive and exclusive; and the affective impact of the everyday negotiation of relationships between women.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Class; Gender; Higher Education
Last Modified: 08 May 2019 02:49
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/65123

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