Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers
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Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers

Edited by Adelina M. Broadbridge and Sandra L. Fielden

This unique Research Handbook covers a wide range of issues that affect the careers of those in diverse groups: age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexuality and transgender, as well as appearance. International experts from a variety of backgrounds contribute chapters in their given fields, reviewing current thinking, practices, initiatives and developments within the field, as well as presenting a wide-ranging and holistic coverage of the topic.
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Chapter 15: Bullying and career consequences in the academy: experiences of women faculty

Tanuja Agarwala


The increase in the representation of women among university academic staff over the years may suggest that gender inequality within academia has progressively declined. In reality, however, higher education is characterized by continued gender segregation and discrimination, in both visible and veiled forms. Given this context, prevalence of gendered bullying in universities involving women faculty assumes significance particularly with respect to its potential to impact upon career progress. The study described in this chapter explored perceived career consequences resulting from bullying experiences of female academics. Seven in-depth interviews were conducted with women faculty of a central university in India. Bullying and mobbing were highly pervasive in the university. Career challenges such as denial or delay in promotions, not being assigned responsibility, exclusion from departmental committees, and withholding or selective sharing of information were reported. The chapter concludes that due to potential career consequences, workplace bullying in general and gendered bullying in particular needs to be dealt with proactively at policy level by evaluating the prevailing norms and values embedded in the existing university culture and subcultures.

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