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By Susan E. Chase

ISBN-10: 087023949X

ISBN-13: 9780870239496

Like different ladies who paintings in professions ruled through white males, ladies university superintendents inform tales approximately emerging to influential positions, constructing self assurance of their authority and skill, but carrying on with to confront discriminatory therapy in an career established by way of gender and racial inequalities.

In this e-book, Susan E. Chase examines those contradictory studies of energy and subjection, drawing on interviews with expert girls of varied ethnic and racial backgrounds who head colleges in rural, small-town, and concrete districts around the usa. Chase makes a speciality of the stress, implicit within the language those girls use, among ostensibly gender- and race-neutral discourse approximately specialist paintings and contentious, gendered, and racialized discourse approximately inequality. via shut research in their tales of luck, she indicates how those ladies have built more than a few narrative recommendations for articulating and dealing with their ambiguous empowerment.

Innovative in perception and interdisciplinary in technique, this learn contributes to our knowing of ways common social processes―the copy of tradition, the development of self-understandings―are embodied within the daily perform of storytelling. It additionally invitations us to pay attention in new how one can what specialist girls need to say approximately their lives.

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First, cultural resources constrain but do not wholly determine their use. A narrator draws on cultural resources as she tells her own story, a story that is distinguishable, for example, from her mother's or father's or any other individual's story. At the same time, a life story is never wholly idiosyncratic; its particularity must be culturally intelligible. Second, even when one tells an often-told story, there is something unique about this occasion of its telling. Barbara Herrnstein Smith reminds us that this particularity is part of the social Page 8 character of narration: "As in any social transaction, each party must be individually motivated to participate in it: in other words .

38 Ideological talk is self-conscious because it takes place within a continually contested terrain. Hence any talk about inequality arouses (either explicitly or implicitly) these familiar arguments: What are the sources of and who is to blame for inequality in American society? How should inequality be defined and what counts as an instance of inequality? How should victims of inequality respond? What is achieved by and what are the risks of various kinds of responses? Each of the possible answers to these familiar questions has a highly articulated or well-developed vocabulary upon which speakers can drawfor example, fascist, neoconservative, liberal, socialist, or feminist vocabularies.

24 Of the three we did not interview, one was interested but could not accommodate our schedule, and two had no interest in our project. Page 15 Despite the general congruence between their situation and ourswe also work in a white- and male-dominated professionalmost all of the women we interviewed were much older than we were, much further along in their careers, and held more powerful positions in their communities. ) Generally speaking, as persons who occupy higher social status, women superintendents were doing us a favor by consenting to interviews.

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