Introduction: Feeling Academic in the Neoliberal University: Feminist Flights, Fights, and Failures

Yvette Taylor*, Kinneret Lahad

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The purpose of the introduction is to acquaint the readers with the rationale behind the feeling academic research project and introduce them to some of the theoretical concepts and framework that are used throughout the book. Some of the tensions, contradictions, and paradoxes about being a feminist academic and ‘feeling academic’ will be further theorized by paying attention to the causes and outcomes of ongoing restlessness. We pay close attention to what does it feel like being one foot inside and one foot outside in an era of labor precarity, increased competition, and uncertainty. Another vantage point to be pursued in this section is the how the unique emotional habitus of academia is created and deployed and how can feminism challenge this habitus and its affect and effects. The concluding section of the introduction provides a chapter overview including suggestions for a new research agenda for studies of emotions, academia, and feminist scholarship.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFeeling Academic in the Neoliberal University
Subtitle of host publicationFeminist Flights, Fights and Failures
EditorsYvette Taylor, Kinneret Lahad
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319642246
ISBN (Print)9783319642239, 9783319877518
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Gender and Education
ISSN (Print)2524-6445
ISSN (Electronic)2524-6453


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