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Black British Graduates

Untold Stories

Paperback
April 2018
9781858568539
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    3rd April
  • ISBN 9781858568539
  • Language English
  • Pages 156 pp.
$32.95

Amanda Arbouin breaks new ground in documenting the learning and employment of black graduates in the UK. Ten British graduates of African Caribbean heritage review their education, both compulsory and post-compulsory, and their careers. They relate how they navigated the obstructions and microaggressions encountered while pursuing academic qualifications, and discuss their choices of employment.

These graduates offer teachers and academics valuable new insights into educational inequality and its effects. Their views and perspectives make this a key text for courses in education studies, sociology of education and teacher training. The book will also appeal to community activists, employers, educational policymakers, career advisers and all those who strive for social justice in the education and employment of minoritized groups in the UK.

"Dr Arbouin expertly weaves the educational journeys of Black professionals into a wider nuanced analysis of race, gender and the impact of the education system on the lives of Black Britons. It is an important work and an essential read for educators and policymakers."

Dr. William Ackah, Program Director, Community Development and Development and Globalisation; Birkbeck, University of London

“Compelling and enlightening! This new book explores and chronicles the challenges, experiences and the successful outcomes of Black graduates. Dr Arbouin’s book complements the growing body of literature on resiliency, personal stories and person-centred ethnographies. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in real solutions and creating genuine opportunities for future generations of Black students who dream of going to university one day and graduating.”

Dr Richard Majors, former Clinical Fellow, Harvard Medical School and Honorary Professor, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

“This is an original and much needed book charting the trajectories of black graduates. The insights are telling and revealing. There is much to learn here for educational policymakers in schools and higher education. The implications for the future employment of black graduates are immense. This is compelling reading for all involved in education.”

Professor Cecile Wright, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham

“This is an original and much needed book charting the trajectories of black graduates. The insights are telling and revealing. There is much to learn here for educational policymakers in schools and higher education. The implications for the future employment of black graduates are immense. This is compelling reading for all involved in education.”

Professor Cecile Wright, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham

1. An introduction
2. Unfulfilled potential: School experiences
3. En route to higher education: Motivations and journeys
4. Learning to achieve: The higher education experience
5. Bitter sweet: Graduate careers
6. Conclusions
Appendix: Participant biographies
References
Index

Amanda Arbouin

Amanda Arbouin is Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at the Nottingham Institute of Education, Nottingham Trent University.