Perspectives of Sole Parents in Higher Education

  • Genine A. Hook


This chapter provides an overview of the existing academic literature relating to women academics and parents in the academy with a particular focus on academic research relating to sole parents in higher education. I consider the social structures of families and parenting to provide a foundation for sole parent subjectivity and the distinctiveness of sole parent experiences. The institutional structures of higher education and the family are both explored in this chapter because they combine to create the conditions within which sole parents are able to account for themselves as postgraduate students and parents. ‘Subjectivities are partially formed by external influences, and these influences work to produce agency in processes of subjectivization’ (Rasmussen, 2006, p. 73). In negotiations and movements towards postgraduate education, sole parents adjust and revise their understandings of themselves as parents and as students informed by the external institutional influences of higher education and hetero nuclear families.


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  • Genine A. Hook
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  1. 1.Department of Social InquiryLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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