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'I have a sense that it's probably quite bad ... but because I don't see it, I don't know': staff perspectives on 'lad culture' in higher education.

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JournalGender and Education
DateAccepted/In press - 2 Jul 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 15 Aug 2018
Early online date15/08/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Concerns have been voiced about lad cultures in UK universities for
approximately five years. The National Union of Students has been
especially vocal in airing concerns, which more recently have been
taken up by universities through bodies such as Universities UK. A
small amount of work has explored students’ perspectives about,
and experiences of, laddism. That research suggests that lad
culture is particularly associated with groups of men in social
contexts and involves excessive alcohol consumption, rowdy
behaviour, sexism, homophobia, sexual harassment and violence.
This paper is the first to explore staff perspectives: we draw on data
from interviews with 72 staff across 6 universities to explore their
perceptions of lad culture, including its prevalence, the contexts in
which it occurs and the forms it takes. We argue that perceptions
about the prevalence of lad culture are strongly influenced by how
it is conceptualised and, relatedly, to whom it is visible.

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    Research areas

  • masculinities, violence, higher education, men

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