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Sole Parent Students and Higher Education

ISBN:1137598867

ISBN13:9781137598868

Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

Authors:Genine Hook, Genine A. Hook

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Sole Parent Students and Higher Education Description

This book examines how sole parents are constituted within university contexts, through social discourse and social policies. The gendered assumptions of female parental care-work are analysed as both constraining and enabling sole parent participation in higher education. Social welfare policies and the policies of university institutions are also considered as central to the experiences of sole parents who study at universities. This book explores the sense of belonging and engagement for sole parents in higher education with a view to challenging how universities engage with under-represented and diverse students. Equitable access to higher education is important as a potentially transformative personal and social good and this book contributes new thinking to understanding why a university education remains elusive for many students.

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