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Locked In: Feminist Perspectives on Surviving on Academic Piecework

Locked In: Feminist Perspectives on Surviving on Academic Piecework

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Title: Locked In: Feminist Perspectives on Surviving on Academic Piecework
Author: Coulter, Natalie
Ramirez, Helen
Abstract: While increasing media attention is given to examining the status of contract faculty on university campuses there is little note made of the pervasiveness of women in these positions. This paper, by drawing on Marxist and feminist theory ties the gender precarity faced by academic contract female workers to the historical practices of industries to use female labour to reduce labour costs. The textile piece worker system of the 19th century has found a 21st century form represented in the unlikely position of the female academic contract worker. The argument builds on the autoethnographic narratives of two contract women to demonstrate how the university administration’s “economic pressure” justification is an economic myth to occlude the exploitation of female workers.
Subject: Labour Exploitation
Gender and Class Oppression
Capitalism
Type: Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/36209
Published: New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry
Citation: New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry 7.2 (2015)
Date: Mar-15

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