Behind the Scenes of Science
Behind the Scenes of Science
A Gender Research on Professorial Recruitment and Selection Practices
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Behind the scenes of science - 2 Contents - 6 1 The black box of academic appointments - 8 2 The academic field in the Netherlands - 40 3 Transparency and accountability as tools for gender equality - 64 4 Practicing gender in academic gatekeeping - 108 5 The symbolic capital of excellence - 138 6 Gender dynamics in the subfields - 180 7 Conclusion:Unmasking the myths - 214 References - 240 Nederlandse samenvatting - 268

Marieke van den Brink

Behind the Scenes of Science

A Gender Research on Professorial Recruitment and Selection Practices

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.

Marieke van den Brink

Marieke van den Brink is Postdoctoral fellow at the Nijmegen School of Management in the Netherlands. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of British Colombia in Vancouver and Northeastern University in Boston.