‘I am not a gentleman academic’: telling our truths of micro-coercive control and gaslighting in business schools using ‘faction’

Edwards, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-5190-7073, Mitchell, L., Abe, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-3417-6886, Cooper, E., Johansson, J. and Ridgway, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-4426-6516, 2022. ‘I am not a gentleman academic’: telling our truths of micro-coercive control and gaslighting in business schools using ‘faction’. Gender, Work and Organization. ISSN 0968-6673

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This paper draws from our own experiences of sexism within Business Schools to bring attention to the effects of the operation of a highly masculinised, white, cis gendered, and patriarchal culture whether enacted by men or women and to how we come to be silenced within it. Our work reflects on intersectional issues of race, health (mental and physical), and care-work, using faction built from six paired interviews, to tell a truth we feel unable to tell individually. This piece highlights the real fear of repercussions that still persists for female academics and uses the acts of collecting data and writing differently (Gilmore et al., 2019b; Pullen et al., 2020) to offer the authors a safe space in which to resist both overt and structural sexism in Business Schools. It highlights the need to take seriously those subtleties of sexism that we are often expected to put up with, those difficult to name aspects of our working lives that leave us feeling it would be ‘silly’ to complain and act as a form of micro -coercive control over our lives. We operationalise our collective voice as a form of activism in the academy that is situated within our individual silences.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Gender, Work and Organization
Creators: Edwards, M., Mitchell, L., Abe, C., Cooper, E., Johansson, J. and Ridgway, M.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 17 October 2022
ISSN: 0968-6673
Rights: © 2022 the authors. Gender, Work & Organization published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 08 Sep 2022 15:12
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 12:55
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/46998

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