odborná kniha / monografie
Marta Vohlídalová, Marcela Linková (eds.)

Gender and Neoliberalism in Czech Academia

Marta Vohlídalová, Marcela Linková (eds.). 2017. Gender and Neoliberalism in Czech Academia. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství. 369 s.

Other Authors:
Blanka Nyklová, Kateřina Cidlinská, Hana Tenglerová, Karel Šima, Petr Pabian, Kateřina Zábrodská, Jiří Mudrák, Petr Květon
Kateřina Machovcová, Marek Blatný, Iva Šolcová

“This is a valuable, important and welcome contribution to international research and
policy debate on gender and science which is largely dominated by research conducted in
global “centres” rather than smaller country settings, and which is especially lacking research
from Central and Eastern European developments.”

Professor Liisa Husu, Örebro University, GEXcel International Collegium for
Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Sweden

“Transforming knowledge into an engine of economy” is a motto that has driven
the transformation of research in the last few decades. Competition stands at the
centre of the current neoliberal-inspired reforms and has underpinned changes in
research organizations, career paths and working conditions in academia, and research
funding practices. This book analyszes the consequences of the neoliberal-informed reforms for gender
equality in Czech academia. It examines gender aspects in the construction
of research excellence, gender blind research policy adopted in the Czech Republic,
academic career paths before 1989 and today, mobility, wellbeing and job satisfaction
among academics and the reasons and motivations for leaving academic
careers. The lack of local mobilization among women researchers combined with
a conservative gender order and hostility to gender equality measures in research
give us the opportunity to explore the gendered effects of neoliberal reforms in
the particular settings of a country that has revamped its research funding and
evaluation systems in a relatively very short time. One of the goals of the book is to show the merits of studying local practices
against the backdrop of large-scale geopolitical influences. While the book adds
another piece to the global puzzle of changes in the organization of academic research
and their impact on the lives of academics as well as on the quality and focus
of the research conducted, its value lies in serious and critical attention to geopolitics.
The local developments can thus be understood not only as particular cases
of the impact of neoliberal-inspired reforms, but also as cases that can shed some
light on possible developments in other, including “central”, geopolitical locations.

The book is an outcome of ongoing research of the Centre
for Gender and Science, Institute of Sociology of the
Czech Academy of Sciences, with contributions from
other colleagues with similar research interests, including
transformation of the higher education system in the
Czech Republic and wellbeing of academics.

The book is available as e-book only.


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