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Title:Neo-liberal economic restructuring of public universities in Ghana: effects and challenges for academic women scientists
Author:Beoku-Betts, JosephineISNI
Periodical:Ghana Studies (ISSN 1536-5514)
Geographic term:Ghana
gender inequality
Abstract:This article examines how neo-liberal economic reforms in higher education in Ghana are affecting women faculty in the social and organizational environments of scientific disciplines. Drawing on comparative feminist scholarship on women and higher education, the author argues that the work of women faculty has substantially increased under the impact of neo-liberal economic restructering policies, the gendered work environments of scientific disciplines, and the patriarchal institutional cultures of higher educational institutions. Issues such as sexual harrassment and exclusion from 'old boy networks' and beliefs that women are less knowledgeable and less competent than men constrain women academics, but also enable them to compete and tackle the organizational setting of their universities and empower them to assume authority positions, even in periods of civil unrest or the loss of highly skilled male faculty as a consequence of brain drain. The author's study builds on this perspective and examines how Ghanaian women scientists experience and navigate these changing conditions. Based on semi-structured interviews, issues are addressed such as teaching responsibilities, research practices and productivity, authority and decision-making roles, and means of coping with work-life balance. The author first examines feminist perspectives on the impact of globalization of women in the academic profession, followed by a discussion on the research context of the study, and then an analysis of the data. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]