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

Margaretha Järvinen*, Nanna Mik-Meyer

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Universities have changed in recent decades with the introduction of various performance measurement systems, including journal ranking lists. This Bourdieu-inspired 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-authorship. 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 higher education. 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
JournalWork, Employment and Society
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2024

Bibliographical note

Epub ahead of print. Published online: 06 March 2024.


  • Academia
  • Bourdieu
  • Capital forms
  • Doxa
  • Higher education
  • Journal lists
  • Men’s networking
  • Misrecognition
  • Performance measurement

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