‘I’m not sure where home is’: narratives of student mobilities into and through higher education

Balloo, Kieran ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1745-4653 and Gravett, Karen and Erskine, Gemma (2021) ‘I’m not sure where home is’: narratives of student mobilities into and through higher education. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 42 (7). pp. 1022-1036. ISSN 0142-5692

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The concept of a typical pathway to becoming a student is a pervasive narrative within higher education, with moving away from home to live at university framed as the 'traditional student experience'. In response, recent literature has begun to trouble the thinking around student mobilities. Building on this work, this study draws upon semi-structured interviews with students who have moved away from home into university residences in order to surface the multiplicity and diversity of mobilities and transitions. Engaging concepts from posthumanist and poststructuralist theory, we propose a reconceptualisation of students’ mobilities and transitions as rhizomatic, and as ongoing becomings. Furthermore, we also surface the materiality of students’ experiences, acknowledging the role of the non-human within students’ mobilities. As a result, we extend the emerging work attending to more complex depictions of students’ mobilities, and examine the implications of acknowledging the heterogeneity, materiality and granularity of students’ experiences.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2022 06:51
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 05:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: becoming; materiality; posthumanism; rhizome; Student mobility: transition
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2021.1959298
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46263

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