Bread and Roses

Voices of Australian Academics from the Working Class

  • Dee Michell
  • Jacqueline Z. Wilson
  • Verity Archer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. May Ngo
      Pages 3-8
    3. Martin Forsey
      Pages 9-17
    4. Terry Irving
      Pages 29-37
    5. Zora Simic
      Pages 39-47
    6. Pam Papadelos
      Pages 49-55
    7. John Docker
      Pages 57-67
  3. Alternative Pathways

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Gwenda Tavan
      Pages 71-76
    3. Andrew P. Lynch
      Pages 77-84
    4. Bob Pease
      Pages 85-93
  4. Rural Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Anitra Goriss Hunter, Jenene Burke
      Pages 105-115
  5. The Academic Workplace

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Georgina Tsolidis
      Pages 119-127
    3. Adele Chynoweth
      Pages 129-138
    4. Heather Fraser
      Pages 139-146
    5. Grace Brown, Melissa Petrakis, Catherine Flynn, Bernadette Saunders, Philip Mendes, Marija Dragic
      Pages 147-161
    6. Howard Karger
      Pages 163-170

About this book


Bread and Roses is an Australian first, a collection of stories from academics who identify as coming from working-class backgrounds. At once inspiring and challenging, the collection demonstrates how individual narratives are both personal and structural, in that they illustrate the ways in which social forces shape individual lives. Central themes in the book are generational changes in university education provision in Australia, the complexities of coming from a working class background and being female, or coming from a working class background and being female and a recent migrant, and the particular challenges facing students and staff from rural and regional areas. An essential read for anyone interested in widening participation programs in higher education, including administrators, academics, past and present students, Bread and Roses is both a map for those who want to undertake a similar journey and a community for those who want to join.


higher education social class working class academics

Editors and affiliations

  • Dee Michell
    • 1
  • Jacqueline Z. Wilson
    • 2
  • Verity Archer
    • 3
  1. 1.University of AdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Federation UniversityAustralia
  3. 3.Federation UniversityAustralia

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