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Liminality, Trust, and The Significance of Female Peer-to-Peer Relationships in the Workplace: A Narrative Interpretation of the Six Sisters Consortium

Ferrier Heryford, Michele (2018) Liminality, Trust, and The Significance of Female Peer-to-Peer Relationships in the Workplace: A Narrative Interpretation of the Six Sisters Consortium. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The central focus of this dissertation is a narrative interpretation of stories from a set of female Confucius Institutes directors in the United States and a reconsideration of their experiences regarding how they negotiate working from the liminal spaces of their personal and professional lives. For many women in the workplace, the idea of being in a permanent state of liminality is profoundly real as they continually redefine themselves within the structure of various and competing systems. Using a critical feminist perspective, I consider liminality as an ongoing state for the women of the Six Sisters Consortium and use their voices and their narrated experiences as the means to better understand ways women and women leaders thrive in gendered, international, and/or intercultural in-between places. I believe that for some women there exists a state of perpetual liminality despite gains in the United States in educational attainment, entrance into high level jobs, and shifting notions within the feminist perspective on gender and equity. Using a coherence theory of truth claims, I examine the stories of the Six Sisters in situ in order to understand how trust, liminality, and voice intersect within their lived experiences and also in relation to the greater literature on feminist principles of the significance of peer-to-peer relationships and meaning-making.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ferrier Heryford, Micheleferrier@pitt.eduferrier
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPorter, Maureenmporter@pitt.edumporter
Committee CoChairGarman, Noreenngarman@pitt.edungarman
Committee MemberGuzenhauser, Michaelmgunzen@pitt.edumgunzen
Committee MemberConstable, Nicoleconstabl@pitt.educonstabl
Date: 20 September 2018
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 12 February 2018
Approval Date: 20 September 2018
Submission Date: 28 August 2018
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 175
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Liminality, peer-to-peer relationships, narrative interpretation, feminist story telling, workplace mentoring, feminist collective
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2018 17:57
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2018 17:57


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