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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 editorsKrysa, Isabella; Kivijärvi, Marke

Journal or seriesQualitative Research in Organizations and Management



Publication year2022


Issue number3

Pages range357-375


Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

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.

Keywordsworking lifegenderinggendergender rolesmaternityfamily lifeequality (values)feminismneoliberalismwoman's statusautoethnography

Free keywordsacademic motherhood; gendered work practices; resistance; neoliberal academia; postfeminism

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

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