Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-265).
The black box of academic appointments -- The academic field in the Netherlands -- Transparency and accountability as tools for gender equality -- Practicing gender in academic gatekeeping -- The symbolic capital of excellence -- Gender dynamics in the subfields -- Conclusion: Unmasking the myths.
This book opens the black box of professorial recruitments and selection practices in the Netherlands, and unmasks some persistent myths to explain away the under-representation of women in professorial positions. These myths are unmasked by revealing gender practices such as gatekeeping, male networks and the constructs of excellence. This book challenges the view of an academic world where the allocation of rewards and resources is governed by the normative principles of transparency and meritocracy, and highlights the distance between the ideal ethos of science and the actuality of social interaction in appointment processes.
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