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You are reading: Recognition and accountability: sole parent postgraduates in university conditions

Written by Genine A. Hook

Published in Gender and Education Vol 27 Issue 2

22 Dec 2014

This paper aims to examine some of the ways sole parents sought recognition as postgraduate students in Australian universities. Judith Butler’s theory of recognition notes that recognition is always partial and any account we give of ourselves must be given to another. Participants articulated that supervisors were critical in the process of recognition; without recognition from an academic supervisor, postgraduates are unrecognisable and are unable to account for themselves. University timetabling often conflicted with sole parenting responsibilities, academic conference attendance and expectations of academic publications were understood as problematic factors in recognisability for sole parent postgraduates. Problematic supervisory relations, restricted access to academic classes or seminars and limited access to academic conferences exacerbated sole parent isolation and influenced their recognisability as sole parent postgraduates.

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Genine A. Hook (2014): Recognition and accountability: sole parent postgraduates in university conditions, Gender and Education, DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2014.992301.