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dc.contributor.authorDi, Di
Ecklund, Elaine Howard
Lewis, Steven W.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-11T20:05:52Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-11T20:05:52Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Di, Di, Ecklund, Elaine Howard and Lewis, Steven W.. "Women’s Underrepresentation in Academic Physics in the People’s Republic of China." Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 22, no. 4 (2016) Begell House: 329-348. https://doi.org/10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2016015719.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/96644
dc.description.abstract Despite recent scholarly focus on women's underrepresentation in the sciences, little is known about gender disparity in science outside the US and Europe. Since much growth in global science is occurring outside these geographic areas, especially in East Asia, this omission represents a significant gap in the literature. Here we rely on 40 in-depth interviews with both male and female physicists−a discipline of science where there is extensive gender segregation−conducted among physicists in Chinese universities. We ask how Chinese physicists explain why there are few women in physics. Analysis reveals that Chinese social and cultural contexts are reflected in physicists' interpretations of gender segregation. Specifically, the cultural and economic transition in China provides physicists with two competing national gender narratives: gender equality and women's subordination. Both national gender narratives exert influence on Chinese physicists' explanations for gender disparity in physics. Findings further indicate that male and female physicists in China share similar gender beliefs, and their beliefs further translate to discriminatory behaviors towards female physicists throughout their career trajectory. This study asserts a new scholarly discussion about women's underrepresentation in science within China and has implications for gender segregation in elite occupations more broadly. Findings also provide implications for public policies to reduce gender stratification in Chinese science.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Begell House
dc.rights This is an author's peer-reviewed final manuscript, as accepted by the publisher. The published article is copyrighted by Begell House.
dc.title Women’s Underrepresentation in Academic Physics in the People’s Republic of China
dc.type Journal article
dc.citation.journalTitle Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
dc.subject.keywordwomen's underrepresentation
gender narratives
gender schemas
academic physics
China
dc.citation.volumeNumber 22
dc.citation.issueNumber 4
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2016015719
dc.type.publication post-print
dc.citation.firstpage 329
dc.citation.lastpage 348


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