The Care Ceiling in Higher Education

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Title: The Care Ceiling in Higher Education
Authors: Lynch, KathleenIvancheva, Mariya P.O'Flynn, MicheálKeating, KathrynO'Connor, Monica
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Date: 4-Mar-2020
Online since: 2020-11-19T07:25:00Z
Abstract: This study examines the impact of managerialist policies on care relations in higher education. It is based on a study of ten higher education institutions in Ireland. The paper shows that a care-free worker model is ingrained in systems of performance appraisal, especially for academics in universities, and increasingly in the Institutes of Technology, although it also impacts on support staff in other professions and occupations. It assumes a life of boundary-less working hours and unhindered mobility. The market-informed tools of performance appraisal, especially audits and metrics, cannot measure essential care work because care is a process and disposition, not a product. Because it is not countable it becomes invisible as do the people who do it. The managerial ideology of ‘work–life balance’ merely operates as a mask that conceals how over-working is normalised. There is no legitimate language to name over-working for the structural problem that it is (Misra et al. 2012). When colleges disregard care commitments outside of work, and even within it, these are then repackaged and fed back to women/carers as personal problems and failures. The idealised care-free worker model operates as a care ceiling over women particularly; it is taken as given, even natural.
Funding Details: Irish Research Council
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Irish Educational Studies
Volume: 39
Issue: 2
Start page: 157
End page: 174
Keywords: CareGenderHigher educationIrelandManagerialism
DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2020.1734044
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0332-3315
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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