Policy Implications for Equity, Gender, and Widening Participation in Higher Education

Burke, Penny J. and David, Miriam E. and Moreau, Marie-Pierre (2019) Policy Implications for Equity, Gender, and Widening Participation in Higher Education. In: The Oxford Handbook of Higher Education Systems and University Management. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780198822905

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This chapter examines the intersecting inequalities and differences in HE that persist de­spite decades of HE policy focused on equity and widening participation. Attention is giv­en to the ways that patriarchy, neo-liberalism, corporatization, and managerialism work together to generate new forms of inequality and power relations, which include inequali­ties in access and participation, women in leadership positions, sexual assault or harass­ment on campus, care-less university cultures, and complex temporal inequalities. The chapter examines the emergence of widening participation and equity policies in many countries of both the global North and the global South whilst the forces of globalization, neo-liberalism, and marketization have repositioned students as consumers of the market of higher education. It shows how these forces have produced an individualizing focus on student and staff experience, concealing the contextual, temporal, and structural inequal­ities that profoundly undermine policy concerns to widen access and participation. Indi­vidualism and marketization impact student and staff experiences in relation to the differ­ent social location and the gendering of education, work, and family, which privileges the productive (with a focus on paid labour and employability) over the reproductive (with a focus on unpaid labour and caring) dimensions of social life. The chapter shows the pow­er of feminist analyses of questions of equity and widening participation to bring to light the insidious ways that inequalities are reproduced through the neo-liberal, patriarchal university.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: access, equity, widening participation, gender, neo-liberalism, intersecting inequalities, power, feminist analyses
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2019 09:08
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:55
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/704590

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