A1 Journal article (refereed)
Conforming to and resisting imposed identities : An autoethnography on academic motherhood (2022)

Krysa, I., & Kivijärvi, M. (2022). Conforming to and resisting imposed identities : An autoethnography on academic motherhood. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, 17(3), 357-375. https://doi.org/10.1108/qrom-07-2021-2175

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Krysa, Isabella; Kivijärvi, Marke

Journal or series: Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management

ISSN: 1746-5648

eISSN: 1746-5656

Publication year: 2022

Volume: 17

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 357-375

Publisher: Emerald

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/qrom-07-2021-2175

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/82125


This research attempts to make sense of the experiences of two academic women who become

This paper is an autoethnography. Applying the autoethnographic method allows us to discuss
cultural phenomena through personal reflections and experiences. Our autoethnographic
reflections illustrate our struggles and attempts of resistance within discursive spaces where
motherhood and our identity as academics intersect.

Our personal experiences combined with theoretical elaborations illuminate how the role of the
mother continues to be dominated by such gendered discursive practices that conflict with the
work role. Once women become mothers, they are othered through societal and organizational
practices because they constitute a visible deviation from the masculine norm in the
organizational setting, academia included.

This paper explores how contemporary motherhood discourse(s)within academia and the wider
society present competing truth claims, embedded in neoliberal and postfeminist cultural
sensibility. Our autoethnographic reflections show our struggles and attempts of resistance
within such discursive spaces.

Keywords: working life; gendering; gender; gender roles; maternity; family life; equality (values); feminism; neoliberalism; woman's status; autoethnography

Free keywords: academic motherhood; gendered work practices; resistance; neoliberal academia; postfeminism

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Reporting Year: 2022

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