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Assembling lines in research education: Challenges, choices and resistance among Swedish doctoral students
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT. (Hupp)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2425-2088
Umeå Universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6413-6538
2019 (English)In: Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, ISSN 2398-4686Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose:The higher education sector in Sweden has, over decades, faced increasing demands in terms of efficiency rates in research, as well as increasing demands in the international competition for external revenue. These demands have influenced academic career trajectories and post-doctoral tracks as well as the everyday work of doctoral students. The aim of this article is to investigate how doctoral students express and challenge subjectivity in the present context of research education. Design/methodology/approach: We depart from the overall understanding that doctoral students lines of actions in research education depend on and form assemblages, and thus define an academic institution. By re-analysing eight in-depth interviews we illustrate how doctoral students from different milieus comply but also challenge, use border-crossings and change directions in research education. Findings: The results show that some of these doctoral students try to act as loyal and satisfied, especially in regard to their supervisors, whereas others use coping strategies and resistance. It is illustrated that when some of the students use ‘unsecure’ molecular lines they appear more open to redefining possibilities and change, in comparison with those on more stable molar lines. Those acting on molar lines sometimes express a lack of emotional (productive) engagement, even though this particular group tend to more often get access to rewarded assemblages. These patterns are partly gender related. Research limitations/implications: The tension between finding more stable lines and spaces for change is apparent in doctoral students’ subjectivity, but also how this tension is related to gender. The women doctoral students appear more mobile but also in a sense more alert than their men peers. This offers insights in how actions define and redefine academic institutions, but also different subjectivities. Originality/value: In the present, given the manifold demands on academic institutions, new insights just as and methodological approaches are necessary to illustrate how contemporary changes affects research education and the everyday life of doctoral students.

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Research education, Doctoral subjectivity
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Social Sciences
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Teacher Education and Education Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-16064DOI: 10.1108/SGPE-03-2019-0028OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-16064DiVA, id: diva2:1307661
Available from: 2019-04-29 Created: 2019-04-29 Last updated: 2019-04-29

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