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Performing masculinity: considering gender in doctoral student socialization

Performing masculinity: considering gender in doctoral student socialization Purpose– The purpose of this article is to suggest that doctoral student socialization is a gendered process. Design/methodology/approach– This article uses a qualitative case study methodology, studying engineering students in one university department. Findings– The author considers how various norms and practices, including competition and hierarchy along with overt objectification of women, point to the masculine nature of the discipline. Originality/value– Although stage models of socialization are helpful in that they provide an outline of students’ various tasks as they progress through their doctoral programs, they can account neither for the culture of disciplines nor for the identities of students who populate them. The author suggests that students in engineering are prepared to embrace competition and hierarchy, norms that point to a gendered disciplinary culture. Although, certainly, particular interests will lead students to pursue different majors, the discipline serves to reinforce culture. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal for Researcher Development Emerald Publishing

Performing masculinity: considering gender in doctoral student socialization

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2048-8696
DOI
10.1108/IJRD-10-2014-0034
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Abstract

Purpose– The purpose of this article is to suggest that doctoral student socialization is a gendered process. Design/methodology/approach– This article uses a qualitative case study methodology, studying engineering students in one university department. Findings– The author considers how various norms and practices, including competition and hierarchy along with overt objectification of women, point to the masculine nature of the discipline. Originality/value– Although stage models of socialization are helpful in that they provide an outline of students’ various tasks as they progress through their doctoral programs, they can account neither for the culture of disciplines nor for the identities of students who populate them. The author suggests that students in engineering are prepared to embrace competition and hierarchy, norms that point to a gendered disciplinary culture. Although, certainly, particular interests will lead students to pursue different majors, the discipline serves to reinforce culture.

Journal

International Journal for Researcher DevelopmentEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 4, 2014

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