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Table of contents (37 chapters)
Academic Identities—Locating Academic Imposters
Academic Identities—Constructing and Contesting Imposter Subjectivities
Imposing Institutions—Imposters Across the Career Course
About this book
This handbook explores feeling like an ‘imposter’ in higher education and what this can tell us about contemporary educational inequalities. Asking why imposter syndrome matters now, we investigate experiences of imposter syndrome across social locations, institutional positions, and intersecting inequalities. Our collection queries advice to fit-in with the university, and authors reflect on (not)belonging in, with and against educational institutions. The collection advances understandings of imposter syndrome as socially situated, in relation to entrenched inequalities and their recirculation in higher education. Chapters combine creative methods and linger on the figure of the ‘imposter’ - wary of both individualising and celebrating imposters as lucky, misfits, fraudsters, or failures, and critically interrogating the supposed universality of imposter syndrome.
- Imposter syndrome
- Sense of belonging
- Identity within Higher Education
- Higher Education and Neoliberalism
- Access to education
Editors and Affiliations
Department of Sociology, Durham University, Durham, UK
Sociology and Public Sociology, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK
School of Education, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
About the editors
Michelle Addison is Assistant Professor at Durham University, UK. Michelle's research is concerned with inequality and a long-term vision of social justice for those facing the greatest social disadvantages in society.
Maddie Breeze is Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, UK. She researches inequalities in universities, including via imposter syndrome, widening participation, and queer/feminist approaches to higher education.
Yvette Taylor is Professor at the University of Strathclyde, UK. She is a feminist sociologist and researches intersecting social and educational inequalities, including manifestations of gender, social class and sexuality.
Book Title: The Palgrave Handbook of Imposter Syndrome in Higher Education
Editors: Michelle Addison, Maddie Breeze, Yvette Taylor
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-86569-6Published: 12 April 2022
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-86572-6Due: 26 April 2023
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-86570-2Published: 11 April 2022
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XXXII, 638
Number of Illustrations: 6 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
Topics: Higher Education, Sociology of Education, Sociology of Education, Behavioral Sciences and Psychology, Sociology of Work, Philosophy of Education