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Title:Identities in Transition: Shifting Conceptions of Home among 'Black' South African University Students
Authors:Bangeni, Bongi
Kapp, Rochelle
Year:2005
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:48
Issue:3
Period:December
Pages:1-19
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:students
identity
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Education and Oral Traditions
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/african_studies_review/v048/48.3bangeni.pdf
Abstract:This paper is drawn from a longitudinal case study in which the authors are tracking the progress of twenty students as they pursue their undergraduate degrees at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The authors trace two first-generation university students' changing constructions of who they are and the concomitant changes in their relationship to home and university over the course of three years. They describe the students' struggles to present coherent 'home' identities and the ways in which these identities are challenged by both the dominant discourses of the institution and by rejection by their home communities. The research questions conventional notions that students from marginalized communities are either alienated from, or uncritically assimilated into, dominant institutional discourses. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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