Futures for universities

I've written a short piece in The Conversation about the state of universities in Australia, and why we need to move beyond the neoliberal, managerial model that has become dominant.  As universities are linked globally, the problems are shared across many countries.  Resistance isn't enough: we need to be generating principles and practices for the future.  Here's the link:

Economy & gender norms

Rebecca Pearse and I have just published a paper in the journal Feminist Economics called “Gender norms and the economy: insights from social research”.  It’s a critique of conventional views of norms and an attempt to show how feminist economists can use a wider variety of social-science research and help explore different normative strategies for social change.  

Here’s the abstract: 

Feminist economics has taken up the concept of gender norms, most commonly conceived as a constraint on women's voice and gender equality. This contribution examines the concept of gender norms and summarizes key insights from sociology and other social sciences. Norms do not float free: they are materialized in specific domains of social life and are often embedded in institutions. An automatic process of “socialization” cannot explain the persistence of discriminatory norms. Norms change in multiple ways, both in response to broad socioeconomic change and from the dynamics of gender relations themselves. Restructuring of gender orders, and diversity and contradictions in gender norms, give scope for activism. The rich literature on normativity supports some but not all approaches in feminist economics and indicates new possibility for the field.
Changing norms: 2 Labour Cabinets in Norway

To cite this article: Rebecca Pearse & Raewyn Connell (2015): Gender Norms and the Economy: Insights from Social Research, Feminist Economics, DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2015.1078485

 A link is here.

The Road of Gender

I’m pleased to announce the publication of a book that will interest Chinese-speaking scholars and students in gender studies and social science, indeed all who have a concern with gender issues.
It’s by Dr ZHAN Junfeng, of South China Normal University in the famous city of Guangzhou.  It is called Xing Bie Zhi Lu: Rui Wen Kang Nai Er De Nan Xing Qi Zhi Li Lun Tan Suo, or, in English: The Road of Gender: An Exploration of Raewyn Connell’s Theories of Masculinity.  Published by Guanxi Normal University Press, 2015.  ISBN 978-7-5495-6592-4.
I have a copy, and it’s an elegant volume, with an unusual and striking cover.  I can’t read Chinese, so I paraphrase Dr Zhan’s summary of the content:
The Road of Gender
Chapter one tells about Raewyn’s life and career.  Chapter two discusses the background of the research on masculinity, in sociology, men’s studies and feminist thought.
Chapter three describes the development of Raewyn’s thought about masculinity, through three stages – beginning to think of masculinity as social practice, locating masculinities in a social theory of gender, and developing a global perspective on the issues.
Chapter four treats main ideas in Raewyn’s work on masculinities, in a more analytic way.  It discusses the core domains (such as the structure of gender relations), the main concepts (such as configurations of practice, and hegemony), and critical receptions of this work, in China and internationally.
Chapter five looks at applications of these theories, especially in literary and cultural studies.  It looks at representations of masculinity in three literary texts, and then in contemporary media and online – with fascinating detail about Chinese popular culture.
Gulp, what can I say?  Thanks Dr Zhan, for this detailed and thoughtful work!  And to everyone else:  Don’t delay!  Get your copy today!  Here is the link to the publisher’s web page:
https://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?spm=a1z10.3-b.w4011-8650811025.24.4capHH&id=521706494091&rn=e7c441ffc3478bf7c16aa6ddf128469c&abbucket=6, where one can browse some basic information about the book and make an online order for it.

This book can also be found at Amazon China. Printed version:


For Kindle version, please visit: http://www.amazon.cn/dp/B014KSU8XG/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1444755307&sr=1-1

Writing for Research: The E-booklet!

For the last two months, I have been posting weekly episodes of “Writing for Research” on this blog, and pretending on Twitter that it was a cliff-hanging serial.  Re-organized, and with some new stuff, the whole content of Writing for Research has now become an illustrated booklet.  We hope this will make it easier to circulate and use.

It’s registered with Creative Commons and can be downloaded and circulated for free.  If you circulate it, please say where it came from, so other people can find it too.To download the booklet as a pdf, please click this link.

Here is the cover:
Here are the contents:

Part One: About Writing
     1. The nature of writing
     2.  Research communication, the social reality
     3. The genres of writing for research

Part Two: How to Write a Journal Article: Practical Steps
     A. The epitome
     B. The argument-outline
     C. The first draft
     D. Revision
     E. Presentation of your paper
     F. Publication

Part Three: The Big Picture
     1. Writing programmes
     2. Why do it? What makes it worthwhile?
     3. Some resources

Note: below are the original posts, in case they are still useful to people who read them earlier.  For new readers, I recommend going directly to the e-booklet, click on the "click this link" above.
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