Voices of Women: A Memory Work Reflection on Work-Life Dis/Harmony in Tourism Academia

J. Small, C. Harris, J. Wilson, I. Ateljevic

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Abstract

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
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-36
JournalJournal of Hospitality Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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