No love found: how female students of colour negotiate and repurpose university spaces

SAMATAR, Amira, MADRIAGA, Manuel and MCGRATH, Lisa (2021). No love found: how female students of colour negotiate and repurpose university spaces. British Journal of Sociology of Education.

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This study explores the lived experiences on campus of five female undergraduate students of colour. Drawing on a critical race theory perspective and inspired by CRiT walking, walking interviews were conducted to give voice to the students’ experiences of marginalisation, both metaphorical and physical. The findings reveal how whiteness impacts on participants’ negotiation of university spaces; how the 'white gaze' influences their geographies; and how their experiences lead them to occupy counter-spaces within the university. Further, we found that participants’ aspirations of postgraduate education were tainted by these negative experiences at the undergraduate level, leading them to reject altogether or begrudgingly continue their education. The study proposes theoretically framed walking interviews as a productive methodology in future critical studies of race in education and highlights the urgent need to address the marginalisation of female students of colour on campus as one means of addressing postgraduate recruitment imbalances.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1303 Specialist Studies in Education; 1399 Other Education; 1608 Sociology; Education
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SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2021 10:21
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2021 15:15

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