Connecting the racial to the spatial; migration, identity and educational settings as a third space.
The VET sector can be located as one that sits within the intersections of the racial and spatial in addition to the classed which has traditionally been at the heart of research concerns. There is a direct correlation between towns and cities with high levels of deprivation and the recruitment of racialised and other marginalised groups into general further education colleges. This paper considers the intertwined nature of the racial and spatial (Neely and Samura, 2011) and its implications for South Asian Muslim women students in VET spaces in terms of identity construction and possible futures. This paper critiques how geographical location and educational settings highlight the complex factors encountered by diasporic communities; patterns of historical migration; the educational space as a third space (Soja, 1999); the role of teachers as mentors. These factors contributed to students developing fluid and dynamic identities rooted in a critical self-awareness whilst resisting Western-centric notions of success. Whilst this created a self-realised agency in the narratives of South Asian Muslim women, it also created a cultural hauntology in the absence of a third space. This has various implications for future VET research in terms of how students from ethnically diverse groups, create or engage with a third space.
|Keywords||racial; spatial ; diaspora ; identity ; thirdspace|
|Journal||Journal of Vocational Education and Training|
|Journal citation||pp. 1-19|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis (Routledge)|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2022.2139747|
|Web address (URL)||https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13636820.2022.2139747?casa_token=8lIBw3DdCD4AAAAA%3AXYACugz3L-pJqwnRr4_bxLI32HTo2rE47zFHqN-6lOYC_--aMD765g1_DOQJU-cGuM32KXvnXk8P|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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|Online||25 Oct 2022|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||19 Oct 2022|
|Deposited||16 Nov 2022|
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