Challenging power structures of the academy that marginalize and silence women: A call to resistance and social action—Psychology’s ethical mandate.

Today’s college and university environments and their diverse cultural contexts present challenging questions about the academy (i.e., institutions of higher education including colleges of medicine) and power structures within the academy that contribute to violence against women and their marginalization and silencing, reinforcing an enduring crisis of identity for women across generations. The author examines the frame of successful student-athlete embedded in a larger neoliberal-biopolitical paradigm dominant in the contemporary academy that medicalizes personhood, and the academy’s attendant systems of regulatory governance, symbols and narratives, as emblematic of a deeper social problem that calls for attention and systematic reflection. Drawing on the work of prominent social theorists, the author advances a critical theoretical perspective in challenging key pillars of the neoliberal political philosophy and agenda including its medicalizing of personhood, its privileging of individualism, individual rights and entrepreneurship, and its role in maintaining power inequities and the position of oppression that women share with other marginalized groups. Implications for psychology’s ethical mandate and an emancipatory agenda fostering resistance and social action on behalf of women and other marginalized groups are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)