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ERIC Number: EJ1107340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
Working-Class Women Study Social Science Degrees: Remembering Enablers and Detractors
Fraser, Heather; Michell, Dee; Beddoe, Liz; Jarldorn, Michele
Higher Education Research and Development, v35 n4 p684-697 2016
In this article, we report on a feminist memory work project conducted with 11 working-class women in Australia. Participants responded to the question: "what helps and hinders working-class women study social science degrees?" The women confirmed that to succeed at university, they needed opportunities, resources, support and encouragement. We called these enablers and considered the role of "enlightened witnesses" [Miller, 1997. "The essential role of an enlightened witness in society." Retrieved from]. Hindering the possibility of university success were detractors of many forms including inadequate resources and social conventions that discouraged the women from study. We describe saboteurs as undermining people and forces that the women had to overcome. We found that enlightened witnesses, broadly conceptualised, go some way but not all, to mitigating detractors and saboteurs that continue to hamper fair and meritocratic access to tertiary education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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