Class acts? Working class student officers in students’ unions

SQUIRE, Ruth (2019). Class acts? Working class student officers in students’ unions. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 41 (3), 377-392.

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This article explores the recent emergence of ‘working-class student officer’ roles in students’ unions associated with elite UK universities. These student representative roles are designed to represent the interests of working-class students within their universities and sit alongside student representatives for liberation groups and/or student communities. Based on interviews with postholders and using Bourdieu’s concepts of habitus and field and Reay’s applications of a ‘reflexive habitus’, I explore how these students have come to assert a public and political ‘working-class student’ identity within their universities. Their commentaries reveal the ‘makings of class’ in a context where students are very aware of claims for recognition and the ‘hidden injuries of class’ and offer an insight into how working-class students are finding new ways to navigate their classed identities in HE.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1303 Specialist Studies in Education; 1608 Sociology; 1399 Other Education; Education
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Page Range: 377-392
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2020 11:31
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2021 01:18

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