The data was analysed using a feminist perspective and feminist analysis techniques to identify key issues of equality and justice facing female academics (Ashcraft and Mumby, 2004, p. 90). This is in line with previous studies such as that of Bloomberg (2009, p. 203), which analysed "the division of labour between men and women in stock-brokerage firms active on the Stockholm Stock Exchange" based on the internalised gender roles and normative order imposed on women in the financial community, then moving towards a focus on reflexive actors and local interaction. This technique helps to provide insight into how gender is conceived and how this influences outcomes, which is relevant to the present research and the importance of gender roles in Saudi academia. As such, it is an appropriate analysis technique to apply to the present research.
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Labov and Waletzky (1966) were at the forefront of deconstructing narratives, showing systematically that stories told in conversation could be subjected to a kind of formal analysis. Labov said that narratives have six elements, not all of which need to be present. These are the abstract (what the story is about), the orientation (time, place and characters), complication, (that which makes the story noteworthy and unusual), evaluation (comments on the events), the resolution (how the events worked out) and the coda (a rounding-off of the story and a link back to the present
A functional analysis of the narratives was used, focusing on the “representational function” of the narratives, which would show how the narrators had represented themselves and others. (Dyer and Keller-Cohen, 2000).
The first stage of the analysis was to sift through the collected narratives and to look for common themes, key words and patterns.
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