Studying dilemmas in gender-neutral discourse

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


    This paper considers the ideological effects of recent person-centred discourse concerning personal development planning (PDP) and work-life balance (WLB). Two inter-related areas are examined as key sites of this discourse: student participation in higher education and the notion of work-life balance in pursuing a professional career. Whilst on the face of it this discourse may seem personally liberating there are a number of problematic issues that follow on from this inward focus on personal reflection, and particularly in relation to gender. The root of this is the inherent voluntarism in such a focus and the concomitant dissolving of how gender impacts upon the individual.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2009
    EventFeminist Research Methods: an international conference - Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
    Duration: 4 Feb 20096 Feb 2009


    ConferenceFeminist Research Methods


    • Work-life balance
    • Gender-neutral discourse
    • Professional career
    • Personal development planning


    Dive into the research topics of 'Studying dilemmas in gender-neutral discourse'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this