Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Fragmented and Convoluted: Working-Class Experiences of Navigating Higher Education

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Fragmented and Convoluted

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Chakrabarti (208), John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Drawing on stories of working-class students studying at local universities, and on personal reflections from the speaker, this talk focuses on day-to-day issues of class in universities. Laura Bentley considers how universities operate to reproduce privilege and cement inequities. In addition, she will examine the emotional and social challenges, the negotiation practices and narratives of ‘choice’, encountered by working-class students and working-class academics in universities. Born in Barnsley, Laura Bentley is a working-class Sociologist and a PhD student based at the University of the West of England. Her research focuses on the ways in which the higher education system reproduces social class and gender inequalities through its structures, policies and practices, and in particular, how social inequities permeate working-class women’s experiences of university and beyond. Hosted by Simon Kövesi.