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Negotiating Time and Space for Study: student parents and familial relationships

Brooks, R (2013) Negotiating Time and Space for Study: student parents and familial relationships Sociology, 47 (3). pp. 443-459.

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Historically, university cultures have been described as masculine in orientation, and the ‘ideal learner’ as male, white, middle class and unencumbered by domestic responsibility. Nevertheless, more recent work has highlighted certain spaces within the higher education sector which, it is argued, are more welcoming of female students and those with family commitments. While there may now be more institutional spaces open to student-parents and others with caring responsibilities, we know little about whether similar change has been wrought in the domestic sphere. Drawing on interviews with 68 student-parents, this article explores the various strategies UK students with dependent children used to find time and space, within the home, to pursue their studies. By comparing these to the strategies used by student-parents at Danish universities, the article considers the extent to which differences in gender norms and state policy with respect to both higher education and childcare affect day-to-day familial practices.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Brooks, R
Date : 7 June 2013
DOI : 10.1177/0038038512448565
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Additional Information : Published in Sociology, 22 August 2012. Copyright 2012 Sage Publications. Online first. Available at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 22 Feb 2013 09:39
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 15:00

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