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Exploring 'underachievement' among highly educated young British-Bangladeshi women

Exploring 'underachievement' among highly educated young British-Bangladeshi women
Exploring 'underachievement' among highly educated young British-Bangladeshi women
Current mainstream wisdom portrays the young British-Bangladeshi community as underachieving in education. However, this study suggests that young British-Bangladeshi women tend to be high achievers in education. This research interrogates the multifaceted experiences of British-Bangladeshi women students to better understand the contested nature of their transition from educational achievement to labor market participation. The analysis draws on a combination of fieldwork done in two colleges in East London and Leeds in 2007 and secondary data collected by the Higher Education Statistical Agency on students who graduated from British higher education institutions in 2006. Although it focuses on the reality of young British-Bangladeshi women, the study shows that – especially for certain ethnic minorities – the absence of social resources, social networks, and egalitarian class relations can hamper the process of making good on educational achievements.
1354-5701
111-136
Niven, James
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Faggian, Alessandra
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Ruwanpura, Kanchana N.
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Niven, James
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Faggian, Alessandra
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Ruwanpura, Kanchana N.
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Niven, James, Faggian, Alessandra and Ruwanpura, Kanchana N. (2013) Exploring 'underachievement' among highly educated young British-Bangladeshi women. Feminist Economics, 19 (1), 111-136. (doi:10.1080/13545701.2012.748985).

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Abstract

Current mainstream wisdom portrays the young British-Bangladeshi community as underachieving in education. However, this study suggests that young British-Bangladeshi women tend to be high achievers in education. This research interrogates the multifaceted experiences of British-Bangladeshi women students to better understand the contested nature of their transition from educational achievement to labor market participation. The analysis draws on a combination of fieldwork done in two colleges in East London and Leeds in 2007 and secondary data collected by the Higher Education Statistical Agency on students who graduated from British higher education institutions in 2006. Although it focuses on the reality of young British-Bangladeshi women, the study shows that – especially for certain ethnic minorities – the absence of social resources, social networks, and egalitarian class relations can hamper the process of making good on educational achievements.

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Accepted/In Press date: 8 November 2012
e-pub ahead of print date: 24 December 2012
Published date: 1 January 2013
Organisations: Geography & Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 350059
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/350059
ISSN: 1354-5701
PURE UUID: 9119b4f3-902c-4766-8e4d-fd4513fc4c13

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Date deposited: 18 Mar 2013 11:52
Last modified: 12 Dec 2018 17:42

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