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Dressing to Be(come) a Business School Dean: Autoethnographic Accounts

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Sharon MavinORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Emerald Publishing Limited, 2023.

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Women's bodies are abject and ‘out of place’ in organisations where (self and other) disciplining of women's bodies serve to regulate and silence women. Yet we know little about how expectations of body and appearance play out in the career decisions and everyday practices of women academic leaders. In this chapter reflexive accounts are used to explore if dress and appearance expectations have implications for women's career development and advancement, specifically in the context of business schools. The literature review and two reflexive autoethnographic accounts provided, illuminate how, through dress and appearance, the pervasiveness of hegemonic masculinity is both sustained and challenged and the potential impacts of this upon women's careers in academia.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Grandy G, Mavin S, Gagnon E

Editor(s): Broadbridge, A.

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: The Emerald Handbook of Appearance in the Workplace

Year: 2023

Pages: 155-168

Print publication date: 27/11/2023

Online publication date: 26/11/2023

Acceptance date: 07/09/2023

Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited

Place Published: Bingley


DOI: 10.1108/978-1-80071-174-720230009

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/haqa-w931

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781800711747