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Experiences of Academics from a Working-Class Heritage

Ghosts of Childhood Habitus

Author(s): Carole Binns

Book Description

This book is a twist on the current discourse around ‘inclusivity’ and ‘widening participation’. Higher education is welcoming students from diverse educational, social, and economic backgrounds, and yet it predominantly employs middle-class academics. Conceptually, there appears, on at least these grounds alone, to be a cultural and class mismatch. This work discusses empirical interviews with tenured academics from a working-class heritage employed in one UK university. Interviewees talk candidly about their childhood backgrounds, their school experiences, and what happened to them after leaving compulsory education. They also reveal their experiences of university, both as students and academics from their early careers to the present day. This book will be of interest to an international audience that includes new and aspiring academics who come from a working-class background themselves. The multifaceted findings will also be relevant to established academics and students of sociology, education studies and social class.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-3782-8
ISBN-10: 1-5275-3782-X
Date of Publication: 01/11/2019
Pages / Size: 147 / A5
Price: £58.99


Carole Binns is a Lecturer at the University of Bradford, UK, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has previously published two journal articles in the field of higher education practice, presented at conferences on the subjects of designing modules for student widening participation and social mobility within academia, and has also contributed to the features section of the Times Higher Education magazine. She is the author of the book Module Design in a Changing Era of Higher Education: Academic Identity, Cognitive Dissonance and Institutional Barriers.