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Voices of women: A memory-work reflection on work-life dis/harmony in tourism academia

Author(s): Jennie Small | Candice Harris | Erica Wilson | Irena Ateljevic

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 10;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 23;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: work-life | harmony | balance | women | universities | tourism

While other disciplines have engaged with critiquing work-life balance, tourism studies has been slower in acknowledging and critically contesting the notion as it applies to our own academic lives. This paper aims to address this gap through a collective memory-work of how four female tourism academics try to achieve work-life harmony and why it sometimes seems unattainable. In contrast to the masculinist, neoliberalist values of academic performance, achievement and competitiveness; our gendered analysis revealed that we felt more comfortable with the embodied, feminine values of caring, communion and union, or what we refer to as work-life harmony.
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