Moving On Up

South Asian Women and Higher Education

October 2007
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    31st October 2007
  • ISBN 9781858563497
  • Language English
  • Pages 162 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.5"

Although considered one of the most excluded and disadvantaged groups in higher education, South Asian women are rapidly narrowing the gender gap and Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin women are catching up with Indian women in their uptake of higher education. The implications for Higher Education and for the labor market of these highly motivated and confident young women are discussed in this book.

Moving On Up is informed by research in the area of higher education and compares the aspirations and experiences of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin women. It explores how they balance their education with plans for marriage, and their experiences of racism and Islamophobia at university and elsewhere. It analyzes the barriers to higher education arising from institutional, financial and community factors and the ethnic segregation that appears to be emerging among the traditional old universities and the new universities.

The lively accounts by the women in the study, the clear contextualization and sharp analysis all combine to bring valuable new insight and knowledge to academics and teachers in the field of ethnicity, racism, education, higher education and gender studies.

"I would recommend this discussion as a useful updating of a changing field, which makes interesting comparison between those from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan."

- Gender and Education

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1) The Context; 2) Conceptualising South Asian Women and HE; 3) Identities: Ethnicity, Britishness and Religion; 4) Deciding to Go to University; 5) Negotiating University: Plans for Marriage and Studying at Home; 6) Financial Strategies for Funding a Degree: The Moral Economies of Family Support; 7) Racism, Islamophobia and Experiences of University; 8) Conclusion; References; Subject Index.

Yasmin Hussain

Yasmin Hussain is a lecturer in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds.

Paul Bagguley

Paul Bagguley is Senior Lecturer in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds.