Shain, F (2020) Navigating the unequal education space in post-9/11 England: British Muslim girls talk about their educational aspirations and future expectations. Educational Philosophy and Theory. (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper explores educational inequalities through an analysis of the educational aspirations and future expectations of British girls and young women who identify as Muslim. It draws on qualitative interviews and focus group discussions with teen girls (aged 13-19) and young women in their early 20s living in the north and south of England, the first generation to be considering their future options in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit referendum. The analysis reveals contradictions at the heart of the UK education system in that while girls are being encouraged to aim high, to be aspirational and successful, they are also tasked with accepting responsibility for the structural and racialised disadvantage that prevents many Muslim women from translating educational success into labour market
advantage. The priority given to educational attainment within the current UK education system leaves little space to prepare young women to deal with the potential disadvantage they may face in the labour market. When it comes to the racialised disadvantage that Muslims and minorities face in a post-9/11 and post Brexit referendum climate, the research revealed gaps and silences which have the effect of responsibilising Muslims students for
terrorist incidents when they occurred.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: British Muslim girls; aspirations; neoliberal education; 9/11; Brexit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2020 16:33
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2020 16:33
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/7846

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