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Sara Kalm

Sara Kalm

Associate Professor | Senior Lecturer

Sara Kalm

Om akademiskt hushållsarbete och dess fördelning

Author

  • Sara Kalm

Summary, in English

On academic housekeeping and its allocation
Academic housekeeping denotes the type of work tasks within university departments that are low-status, time-consuming, largely invisible, and that nevertheless need to be done. This article discusses academic housekeeping in a Swedish context, and holds that this topic has been overlooked in research. The aim is therefore to specify the meaning of the concept, to describe the gendered aspects of how academic housekeeping tasks are distributed, and to discuss possible explanations for the identified pattern. Through a close reading of current scholarship, the article finds that women carry out a disproportionate share of academic housekeeping tasks. This pattern is attributable to a complex set of factors, among them ”publish or perish”-related competitive academic culture, researcher ideals, and gender norms. The main argument of the article is that unbalanced academic housekeeping allocation may partially account for women’s difficulties in advancing within academia, and therefore need to be taken seriously in research as well as in academic leadership.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2019

Language

Swedish

Pages

5-26

Publication/Series

Sociologisk Forskning

Volume

56

Issue

1

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Sveriges Sociologförbund

Topic

  • Gender Studies

Keywords

  • jämställdhet
  • genus
  • akademiskt hushållsarbete
  • akademin

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0038-0342