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Title:Academic freedom and dual career academic couples: the complexities of being a woman academic in the university space
Author:Ukpokolo, ChinyereISNI
Periodical:Journal of Higher Education in Africa (ISSN 0851-7762)
Geographic term:Nigeria
married women
gender inequality
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/jhigheducafri.8.1.49
Abstract:This article examines the experiences of dual career women academics (DCWA) in one of Nigeria's five first generation universities. It explores the internal dynamics that characterize intra-group interaction in the university, recognizing the gendered nature of the academic environment. Paying attention to the sociocultural context of work, the article highlights how DCWA's identities intersect with their participation in the university space and impact on their career experience. It shows how DCWA's academic freedom and autonomy can be undermined by the power play within the marital institution. Most informants noted that the husband's career takes priority over that of the wife. Finally, the article investigates strategies women academics employ to contest space within the university and the extent to which they have succeeded. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]