Academic motherhood and fieldwork: Juggling time, emotions and competing demands

Jenkins, Katy (2020) Academic motherhood and fieldwork: Juggling time, emotions and competing demands. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 45 (3). pp. 693-704. ISSN 0020-2754

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Abstract

The idea and practice of going ‘into the field’ to conduct research and gather data is a deeply rooted aspect of Geography as a discipline. For global North Development Geographers, amongst others, this usually entails travelling to, and spending periods of time in, often far-flung parts of the global South. Forging a successful academic career as a Development Geographer in the UK, is therefore to some extent predicated on mobility. This paper aims to critically engage with the gendered aspects of this expected mobility, focusing on the challenges and time constraints that are apparent when conducting overseas fieldwork as a mother, unaccompanied by her children. The paper emphasises the emotion work that is entailed in balancing the competing demands of overseas fieldwork and mothering, and begins to think through the implications of these challenges in terms of the types of knowledge we produce, as well as in relation to gender equality within the academy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: fieldwork, Development Geography, motherhood, gender equality, emotion, time
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Andrew Grogan
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2020 12:34
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2020 16:08
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/42085

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