Sexist academic socialization and feminist resistance: (de)constructing women’s (dis)placement in Brazilian accounting academia

Lima, J. P. R. d., Casa Nova, S. P. d. C. and Vendramin, E. d. O. (2023) Sexist academic socialization and feminist resistance: (de)constructing women’s (dis)placement in Brazilian accounting academia. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, (doi: 10.1016/ (In Press)

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In this paper, we analyze women’s experiences in the Brazilian accounting academia to understand how entrenched sexism shapes their socialization process. We argue that the doctoral programs's socialization is based on rooted sexism that reinforces and maintains the construction of scarcity of women in accounting academia. Theoretically, we draw upon the discussion of sexism and academic socialization processes. Methodologically, we conducted 19 interviews with 17 women, both pursuing their Ph.D. or already working as faculties. Our evidence points to three main findings: (i) women are constantly being expelled from accounting academia and receiving constant reminders that they are an abject body in a masculine/masculiniized environment; (ii) this expulsion attempt is embodied especially during motherhood – that constitutes an embodied process of othering – and by objectification, navigating both silence and sexualization; and (iii) they resist by relying upon have values opposed to the pale male me(n)ritocratic ideal. We conclude that the “old boys’ club” pillars are being challenged as women subvert the established sexist values. This paper has a twofold contribution: (i) presenting the anatomy of how sexism takes form in the socialization process and questioning the taken-for-granted doctoral program’s rules while presenting a new possibility of academic values, and; (ii) adding Brazilian voices to the diversity and inclusion accounting literature.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This study was financed in part by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - Brasil (CAPES) - Finance Code 001.
Status:In Press
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lima, Mr Joao Paulo
Authors: Lima, J. P. R. d., Casa Nova, S. P. d. C., and Vendramin, E. d. O.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:Critical Perspectives on Accounting
ISSN (Online):1095-9955
Published Online:17 April 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Authors
First Published:First published in Critical Perspectives on Accounting 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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