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Recodifications of academic positions and reiterations of desire: change but continuity in gendered subjectivities

Lapping, C; (2006) Recodifications of academic positions and reiterations of desire: change but continuity in gendered subjectivities. Studies in Higher Education , 31 (4) pp. 423-437. 10.1080/03075070600800509. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper argues that the analysis of changes in the social position of women needs to distinguish between levels of social practice and psychic subjectification. The argument draws on Lacan's conception of the relationship between subjectivity, desire and sexual difference to describe gendered aspects of subjectivity embedded within the (re)organisation of social fields. The data is taken from a comparative case study of undergraduate modules in four universities, and the analysis identifies gendered differences in the tutors? pedagogic and disciplinary practice. These differences suggest that while the practice of the female tutors, in different ways, constituted recodifications of existing disciplinary and pedagogic practices, these instances of recodification can simultaneously be interpreted as gendered identifications with an external, feminine position in relation to the dominant structures of the Symbolic Order. Thus, while change may be instituted at the level of practice within specific social fields, at the level of subjectification the recodifications that mark such changes can be read as a reiteration of primary gendered identifications.

Type: Article
Title: Recodifications of academic positions and reiterations of desire: change but continuity in gendered subjectivities
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03075070600800509
Additional information: Field of enquiry: sociology of gender and knowledge Theoretical framework: A lacanian definition of the feminine Original contribution: the article presents an original analysis of observation and interview data, arguing that instances of recodification of disciplinary and institutional structures can simultaneously be read as a reiteration of primary gendered identifications. Research basis: The research is based on data collected in a qualitative study of 4 undergraduate modules in contrasting higher education institutions: observations of classes and interviews with students and teachers. Refereeing procedures: I received a compilation of reviews from the editors and referees Research Basis: the research is based on This is an electronic version of an article published in Lapping, Claudia (2006) Recodifications of academic positions and reiterations of desire: change but continuity in gendered subjectivities. Studies in Higher Education, 31 (4). pp. 423-437. Studies in Higher Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/03075070600800509
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1502915
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