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Author Brink, Marieke van den, 1978-

Title Behind the scenes of science : gender practices in the recruitment and selection of professors in the Netherlands / Marieke van den Brink
Published Amsterdam : Pallas Publications, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (280 pages)
Contents The black box of academic appointments -- The academic field in the Netherlands -- Transparency and accountability as tools for gender equality -- Practicing gender in academic gatekeeping -- The symbolic capital of excellence -- Gender dynamics in the subfields -- Conclusion: Unmasking the myths
Summary This book opens the black box of professorial recruitments and selection practices in the Netherlands, and unmasks some persistent myths to explain away the under-representation of women in professorial positions. These myths are unmasked by revealing gender practices such as gatekeeping, male networks and the constructs of excellence. This book challenges the view of an academic world where the allocation of rewards and resources is governed by the normative principles of transparency and meritocracy, and highlights the distance between the ideal ethos of science and the actuality of social interaction in appointment processes
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-265)
Notes English, with summary also in Dutch
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Subject College teachers -- Selection and appointment -- Netherlands.
Sex discrimination against women -- Netherlands.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 904851469X (electronic bk.)
9085550351 (electronic bk.)
9789048514694 (electronic bk.)
9789085550358 (electronic bk.)