The Rubik’s Cube of Identity

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Akbar, K. 2022. The Rubik’s Cube of Identity. in: Burnell Reilly, I. (ed.) The Lives of Working Class Academics: Getting Ideas Above your Station Emerald Publishing. pp. 79-93
AuthorsAkbar, K.
EditorsBurnell Reilly, I.

This chapter is an autoethnographic account of my working-class background into the lonely world of academia. It shares a small glimpse into my life journey from an intersectionality lens of being British-born, of Pakistani heritage and a Muslim male. Thus, my working-class identity is one of several challenging identities amalgamated into one and silently inter- changeable. This chapter is a rare occurrence to view my world from an introspective position. It shares the heavy constraints and challenges that of us from marginalised groups face daily. You will read how I cannot sever integral parts of myself which are deeply infused with the academic I am becoming. All of which I have struggled to maintain both personally and professionally. Subsequently, this chapter shares the complexity of these identities, my constant negotiation of them and my ongoing adaptation of now being uncomfortably viewed as middle-class.

KeywordsDual identities; Islamophobia; Microaggressions; Role models; Minoritised groups; Othering
Book titleThe Lives of Working Class Academics: Getting Ideas Above your Station
Page range79-93
PublisherEmerald Publishing
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Print12 Dec 2022
Online12 Dec 2022
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Deposited04 May 2023
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