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ERIC Number: EJ1162028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
A Meaningful Meaninglessness: Canadian University Culture as Gendered and Class-Based Privilege
Horsman, Melissa Rae; Cormack, Patricia
Gender and Education, v30 n1 p119-133 2018
Recent Canadian university student misbehaviour (rape chants, harassment, sexual assault, and anti-social media posts) has garnered much attention in the media and from university administrations. Most research concerned to address these issues focuses on sexual attitudes, gender, and party culture. In this study, we analyse student interviews from a narrative perspective and find that students use storytelling devices to construct a gendered, but also class-based, division of self into two parts: university life that "does not count" and post-university life that "counts" in terms of choices and actions. We called this construction a "meaningful meaninglessness". We conclude with a consideration of the meaning of the university in general and how current trends in education may contribute to student alienation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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