This compelling and stimulating book explores the gendered social history of students in modern Britain.
From the privileged youth of Brideshead Revisited, to the scruffs at 'Scumbag University' in The Young Ones, representations of the university undergraduate have been decidedly male. But since the 1970s the proportion of women students in universities in the UK has continued to rise so that female undergraduates now outnumber their male counterparts.
Drawing upon wide-ranging original research including documentary and archival sources, newsfilm, press coverage of student life and life histories of men and women who graduated before the Second World War, this text provides rich insights into changes in student identity and experience over the past century.
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For students of gender studies, cultural studies and history, this book will have meaningful impact on their degree course studies.
'In Students: a gendered history, Dyhouse provides a gracefully written monograph on students in modern Britain. It is a rich and rewarding book to read. Methodologically, she offers a beautiful lesson in how to approach the subject as a cultural historian,besides offering a combination of quantitive and qualitative analysis.'
- Gender and Education, Volume 19, No 1. January 2007
Introduction Part 1: Access and Ambitions 1. Going to University in England between the Wars: Access, Funding and Social Class 2. Men and Women in Higher Education in the 1930s: Family Expectations, Gendered Outcomes 3. Driving Ambitions: Women in Pursuit of a Medical Education, 1890-1939 4. Wasted Investments and Blocked Ambitions? Women Graduates in the Postwar World 5. Gaining Places: The Rising Proportion of Women Students in Universities after 1970 Part 2: Coeducation and Culture 6. Siege Mentalities 7. Women Students and the London Medical Schools, 1914-39: The Anatomy of a Masculine Culture 8. ‘Apostates’ and ‘Uncle Toms’: Challenges to Separatism in the Women’s College 9. Troubled Identities: Gender, Status and Culture in the Mixed College since 1945 10. The Student Rag Conclusion Select Bibliography: Works Used in the Text