Casualised academic staff and the lecturer-student relationship: shame, (im)permanence and (il)legitimacy

Read, B. and Leathwood, C. (2020) Casualised academic staff and the lecturer-student relationship: shame, (im)permanence and (il)legitimacy. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 41(4), pp. 539-554. (doi: 10.1080/01425692.2020.1748570)

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This paper is based on findings from an email interview study with 20 academics (17 women, 3 men) in the UK on short-term, insecure or ‘casualised’ contracts. The paper focuses on their perceptions of the effect their contract status has on the lecturer/student relationship: particularly in regard to student perceptions of their legitimacy and status. Using a poststructuralist theoretical lens, we explore lecturers’ concerns or anxieties as to whether they may be interpreted as less legitimate than permanent staff; and the emotional labour involved in the work done to ‘cover’ for the difficulties that a lecturer’s contract status causes for the quality of their teaching content and organisation. We also explore the considerations of some participants to voluntarily ‘disclose’ their status to students and the possibilities of such acts as a form of resistance to dominant discourses of the legitimate academic.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Read, Dr Barbara
Authors: Read, B., and Leathwood, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Professional Learning and Leadership
Journal Name:British Journal of Sociology of Education
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1465-3346
Published Online:27 April 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in British Journal of Sociology of Education 41(4):539-554
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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