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ERIC Number: ED511418
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 148
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-8585-6469-2
Asian Women in Higher Education: Shared Communities
Bhopal, Kalwant
Trentham Books Ltd
More Asian women are entering higher education in the UK than ever before, and the number looks likely to rise. Their engagement with higher education reflects widespread changes in the attitudes and cultural expectations of their various communities, as awareness grows of the greater long-term value associated with continuing in education. Today they face different challenges and share different ambitions from those of their mothers and grandmothers. This book examines the experiences of young Asian women in higher education and the difficulties they face because they have no shared background of engagement with the British university system. It considers what motivates them to succeed and describes their strategies for building support networks that help them succeed with the university setting and actively shape their lives. Taking a theoretical and empirical perspective Kalwant Bhopal examines the diversity of Asian women's experiences in higher education and provides original and valuable insights into their experience. She explores the friendship and support networks that women turn to whilst at university as well as familial support. Especially striking are her findings about the effect of higher education traditional practices such as arranged marriages and dowries, and about the empowerment generated by changing the economic status of women within British Asian society. Contents include nine chapters: (1) Communities and identities; (2) The Experiences of Asian women, the research and the methods; (3) Asian women's experiences in Higher Education; (4) The Academy; (5) Friendship networks and support; (6) Financial and familial support; (7) Arranged marriages and changing forms of identity; (8) Dowries: past, present and future; and (9) Conclusions.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom