Turning Social Capital into Scientific Capital: Men’s Networking in Academia

Nanna Mik-Meyer, Margaretha Järvinen

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Universities have changed in recent decades with the introduction of various performance measurement systems, including journal ranking lists. This article analyses three types of strategies used by male associate professors in response to journal lists: building social capital at conferences and during stays abroad; marketing of research papers to potential reviewers and journal editors; and tactical co-authorships in order to publish in prestigious journals. Theoretically, the article is inspired by Bourdieu’s concepts of social, scientific and academic capital, misrecognition and doxa. Drawing on 55 qualitative interviews with male associate professors in the social sciences in Denmark, the article shows that journal lists, and the forms of strategic networking they are associated with, represent a new doxa in academia. However, it also reveals that participants are unequally positioned when it comes to acting in accordance with performance metrics. Although comprehended as neutral, journal lists are based on (and contribute to) dividing lines between acknowledged and unacknowledged research – lines that tend to pass unnoticed among winners as well as losers in the academic publishing game.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2023
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event39th EGOS Colloquium 2023: Organizing for the Good Life: Between Legacy and Imagination - University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
Duration: 6 Jul 20238 Jul 2023
Conference number: 39


Conference39th EGOS Colloquium 2023
LocationUniversity of Cagliari
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  • Academia
  • Bourdieu
  • Capital forms
  • Misrecognition
  • Networking
  • Performance measurement
  • Reactivity

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