Tales of the unexpected: The lives and experiences of working-class academics

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Burnell Reilly, I. 2024. Tales of the unexpected: The lives and experiences of working-class academics. Higher Education Quarterly. In Press. https://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12524
AuthorsBurnell Reilly, I.
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This article explores and discusses some aspects of autoethnographies from a published collection written by working-class academics. The original objective was for each academic to write an account of their life and their experiences of becoming who they are in an industry steeped in elitism. I was interested in how they experienced becoming a working-class academic, what their journeys had been like, and how they navigated their way into their professional roles. I was also curious about their identities and if they continued to identify as working class, or if their social positioning and/or identities have undergone change. The autoethnographies are powerful and deeply personal accounts of the working-class academics' lives; they make a significant contribution to the field of research on higher education by providing unique insight into personal experiences. Within this article I have explored some of the accounts and considered how the academics overcame, for example, feelings of failure from previous educational experiences, feelings of (un)belonging and tackling imposterism.

JournalHigher Education Quarterly
Journal citationIn Press
ISSN0951-5224
1468-2273
Year2024
PublisherWiley
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12524
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Online04 Apr 2024
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Accepted24 Mar 2024
Deposited05 Apr 2024
Copyright holder© 2024, The Author
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