Exploring a sense of belonging among first-generation undergraduates who are the daughters of single mothers.

Widening participation policies have been created to increase access to higher education for under-represented students, but once they get in, do they feel like outsiders?

This presentation will explore belonging through a thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews with and reflective writings from the daughters of single mothers currently pursuing undergraduate degrees as the first in their family to attend university in the United Kingdom.

This presentation examines the intersectionalities of gender, socio-economic class, race, and family status as they impact upon the sense of belonging and the university experiences of the daughters of single mothers who are first-generation students. The theoretical and conceptual frameworks upon which this study are built include feminist theory (Butler, 2004; hooks, 2000), intersectionality theory (Lutz, Herrera Vivar, and Supik, 2011), and the concept of social exclusion (Byrne, 2005; Jordan, 1996).

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