1st Edition

Marginalised Communities in Higher Education Disadvantage, Mobility and Indigeneity

Edited By Neil Harrison, Graeme Atherton Copyright 2021
    260 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drawing on examples from nine countries across five continents, this book offers anyone interested in the future of higher education the opportunity to understand how communities become marginalised and how this impacts on their access to learning and their ability to thrive as students.

    Focusing on groups that suffer directly through discriminatory practices or indirectly through distinct forms of sociocultural disadvantage, this book brings to light communities about which little has been written and where research efforts are in their relative infancy. Each chapter documents the experiences of a group and provides insights that have a wider reach and gives voice to those that are often unheard. The book concludes with a new conceptualisation of the social forces that lead to marginalisation in higher education.

    This cutting-edge book is a must read for higher education researchers, policy makers, and students interested in access to education, sociology of education, development studies, and cultural studies.

    1. Introduction: Marginalised communities in higher education
    Neil Harrison and Graeme Atherton

    SECTION A: Disadvantage

    2. The journeys of care-experienced students in England and Scotland
    Neil Harrison, Linda O’Neill and Graham Connelly

    3. The collateral impact of post-prison supervision on college experiences in the US
    Lindsey Livingston Runell

    4. ‘More than just saving the government care costs’: re-presenting UK student carers’ narratives
    Jacqueline Priego-Hernández and Debbie Holley

    5. Genderism and trans students in Hong Kong higher education
    Diana K. Kwok

    6. The marginalisation of religious students in UK higher education
    Jacqueline Stevenson

    SECTION B: Mobility

    7. Expectations, experiences and anticipated outcomes of supporting refugee students in Germany – a systems theoretical analysis of organizational semantics
    Jana Berg

    8. Irish Travellers and higher education
    Andrew Loxley and Fergal Finnegan

    9. Sámi peoples’ educational challenges in higher education and migration in Finland
    Pigga Keskitalo

    10. Getting to university: experiences of students from rural areas in South Africa
    Lisa Lucas, Kibbie Naidoo and Sue Timmis

    SECTION C: Indigeneity

    11. Improving higher education success for Australian Indigenous peoples: examples of promising practice
    Kim Robertson, James Smith and Steven Larkin

    12. The Orang Asli and higher education access in Malaysia: realising the dream
    Graeme Atherton

    13. Higher education and disadvantaged groups in India
    N.V. Varghese

    14. Concluding Thoughts: Making meaning from diverse narratives
    Neil Harrison and Graeme Atherton


    Neil Harrison is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Rees Centre at the University of Oxford, UK.

    Graeme Atherton is Head of AccessHE and Director of the National Education Opportunities Network.