This book examines how sole parents are constituted within university contexts, through social discourse and social policies. The gendered assumptions of female parental care-work are analysed as both constraining and enabling sole parent participation in higher education. Social welfare policies and the policies of university institutions are also considered as central to the experiences of sole parents who study at universities. This book explores the sense of belonging and engagement for sole parents in higher education with a view to challenging how universities engage with under-represented and diverse students. Equitable access to higher education is important as a potentially transformative personal and social good and this book contributes new thinking to understanding why a university education remains elusive for many students.
Genine Hook is Lecturer at La Trobe University, Australia. She continues to combine her sole parenting and academic work which reflects her feminist/queer positioning, advocating for alternatives of familial and kinship bonds.
Chapter 1. Introduction.- Chapter 2. Epistemological Foundations.- Chapter 3. Perspectives of Sole Parents in Higher Education.- Chapter 4. The Case Study.- Chapter 5. Judith Butler's Gender Performativity and Recognition.- Chapter 6. Sole Parenting in Higher Education Spaces.- Chapter 7. Access and Attachment to Higher Education for Sole Parents.- Chapter 8. Policy: Performative Recognisability.- Chapter 9. Equitable and Widening Participation in Higher Education.- Chapter 10. Conclusion.