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Student estrangement in higher education: identity formation and the struggle against stigma

Costa, Cristina; Taylor, Yvette; Goodfellow, Claire; Ecochard, Sidonie

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Authors

Yvette Taylor

Claire Goodfellow

Sidonie Ecochard



Abstract

While investigation on family estrangement is growing within academic circles, research regarding the interconnection between experiences of estrangement and higher education (HE) is still limited. Sociological understandings of these issues are even scarcer, with policy interventions and practical guidance forming early interventions in HE. Set within the context of Scotland, this paper explores the experiences of HE students who are estranged from their family, and interrogates the ways students develop a sense of identity in the context of their academic lives. The paper applies Goffman’s work on stigma and identity management in relation to Bourdieu’s concept of capitals to cast a critical eye on the identity formation of estranged students. In doing so, we challenge normative assumptions of what it means to be a university student in contemporary society and urge institutions and policy makers to rethink the complexity of students’ academic lives in more inclusive ways.

Citation

Costa, C., Taylor, Y., Goodfellow, C., & Ecochard, S. (2020). Student estrangement in higher education: identity formation and the struggle against stigma. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 41(5), 685-700. https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2020.1770575

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 22, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 16, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date May 4, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 16, 2021
Journal British Journal of Sociology of Education
Print ISSN 0142-5692
Electronic ISSN 1465-3346
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 5
Pages 685-700
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2020.1770575

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