ERIC Number: EJ1133430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Barriers to Higher Education: Commonalities and Contrasts in the Experiences of Hindu and Muslim Young Women in Urban Bengaluru
Sahu, Biswamitra; Jeffery, Patricia; Nakkeeran, N.
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v47 n2 p177-191 2017
Gender inequalities in educational attainment have attracted considerable attention and this article aims to contribute to our understanding of young women's access to higher education. The article is based on our in-depth interviews with 26 Hindu and Muslim young women attending colleges in urban Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), south India, and explores the barriers they confronted in fulfilling their aspirations. We highlight the similarities amongst the young women, as well as the distinctive experiences of the Hindu and Muslim interviewees. Financial constraints, lack of safety for women in public space, and gender bias, gossip and social control within the family and the local community affected Hindu and Muslim interviewees in substantially similar ways. For the Muslim interviewees, however, gender disadvantage was compounded by their minority status. This both underlines the importance of incorporating communal politics into our analysis and undermines popular discourses that stereotype Muslims in India as averse to girls' and young women's education.
Descriptors: Access to Education, Urban Areas, Higher Education, Equal Education, Females, Womens Education, Gender Bias, Interviews, Muslims, Religious Cultural Groups, Foreign Countries, Barriers, Values, Social Bias, Paying for College, Safety
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: India
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