Quotation Kreissl, Katharina, Striedinger, Angelika, Sauer, Birgit, Hofbauer, Johanna. 2015. Will equality ever fit in? Contested discursive spaces of university reform. Gender and Education 27 (3), 221-238.




Similar to other European countries, the introduction of non-academic, especially managerial, criteria in higher education has shaped and altered Austrian universities since over a decade. This paper presents the results of a frame analysis of Austrian higher education debates from 1993 until 2010. It outlines how reforms in higher education were prepared and enhanced by a new policy discourse, with a special focus on the way gender equality is framed in reform debates. Our article describes three core frames: ‘from local to global’, ‘from ivory tower to business’ and ‘from civil servant to excellence’. We cluster these three frames around imaginations of space that are embedded in the normative foundations of academia, and discuss how this links up with arguments for gender equality. We furthermore propose to analytically separate two conceptions of the university: the ‘entrepreneurial’ and the ‘managerial’ university.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Gender and Education
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Will equality ever fit in? Contested discursive spaces of university reform
Volume 27
Number 3
Year 2015
Page from 221
Page to 238
URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09540253.2015.1028903
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540253.2015.1028903


Kreissl, Katharina (Former researcher)
Striedinger, Angelika (Former researcher)
Sauer, Birgit (Former researcher)
Hofbauer, Johanna (Details)
Institute for Sociology and Social Research IN (Details)
Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility WE (Details)
Economics of Inequality FI (Details)
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