University policies in action : 'identity work' and first generation college students
Alvarado, José Gerardo
Íñiguez Rueda, Lupicinio, dir. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Psicologia Social)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Psicologia de la Salut i de Psicologia Social

Publicació: Bellaterra : Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2010
Resum: Generation College Student (FGCS) is defined as a person whose parents have little knowledge about higher education and the objective of this ethnography is to show how this social category is used at a university in the southwest of the United States of America. The first chapter serves as an introduction. The second chapter situates the study within ethnography, approached as a perspective in the social sciences. It offers a conceptual mapping of a number of ethnography as a method references and presents the necessary elements for doing an "ethnomethodologically informed ethnography". The third chapter is a literature review of the FGCS social category and the academic work done on it from within and outside of the confines of scientific research. What follows are two chapters devoted to the Membership Categorization Analysis (MCA) of a variety of ethnographic data. The first one analyses the transcript of a educational marketing DVD, an institutional artefact that presents the experiences of a group of FGCSs. The second chapter is an analysis of field notes in combination with documents that were gathered throughout the ethnography. Many categories appeared in relation to the social category of FGCS during the analysis of the DVD, the documents and the field notes. These are categories that emerge in events and MCA helps us think about the extent and pervasiveness of the "identity work" the occurs in the day-to-day activities of higher education. The concept of membership knowledge helps foreground the categories of lived interactions, the ones that get constituted by interaction members themselves. In the data sets presented in this dissertation we begin to see that FGCS also pertains to a variety of minorities in terms of ethnicity, race and sex. This happens in the DVD where a group of students are asked to talk about their experience as the first in their family to enter the world of higher education. This is also evident in the prominence given to a sash that certain students add to their academic regalia for the official graduation ceremony. The different categories also arise in a state grant application, written by the directors of a program to prepare FGCSs as social workers. It is in this document that the traditional student category appears, but in a ubiquitous manner and similar to how it arises in the rest of the data sets, as well as in the literature review of the third chapter. The subject of a fourth data set is an analysis of some reflections written in reference to an interaction that occurred between a child and some adults at the university. It shows university policies "in action" using various types of the differences identified throughout this study. The conclusions cover three basic aspects that appeared throughout the whole study: a) biographical notes the describe why I became interested in this subject of study in relation to the production of knowledge by our disciplines and their expression through a variety of technologies of the self; b) the methodological modality of an ethnomethodologically informed ethnography that is able to reveal the categories that emerge in quotidian interactions; and c) the instrumentality of the knowledge we produce in the social sciences. As such, the results of this study offer one more opportunity to think about our forms of life.
Nota: Descripció del recurs: el 22-06-2011
Nota: Tesi doctoral - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Departament de Psicologia Social, 2011
Nota: Bibliografia
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Llengua: Anglès
Document: Tesi doctoral
Matèria: Estudiants universitaris ; Aspectes socials
ISBN: 9788469389065

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