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Investing ourselves: the role of space and place in being a working-class female academic

Jones, Lisa; Maguire, Meg


Meg Maguire


As working-class female academics, this paper examines the constructions of our identities focusing on both what unites and differentiates us as working-class women. We focus on the structuring forces in our lives such as our class, our whiteness and our gender, but we also discuss how our experiences have been shaped by space and place as a complex set of time-sensitive inter-relationships involving domination and subordination. Here, our different stories of where, when and how we grew up are discussed as we attempt to make sense of these in relation to our construction of class and its intersectionality with these important aspects of our lives. We examine how these shaping features of our identities influence the personal investment we place in our work and how the middle-class ‘status’ inferred upon us by our educational ‘success’ and engagement within academia almost always feels contradictory to our own subjectivities and working-class loyalties.


Jones, L., & Maguire, M. (2021). Investing ourselves: the role of space and place in being a working-class female academic. Discourse, 42(1), 45-59.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 27, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 9, 2020
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date May 13, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 10, 2021
Journal Discourse
Print ISSN 0159-6306
Electronic ISSN 1469-3739
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 1
Pages 45-59
Keywords Class; Identity; Space; Place; Academics; Historical specificity
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