British Asian women and the costs of higher education in England

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This article will examine Asian women’s experiences of financial support in higher education. The article is based on 30 in-depth interviews with Asian women who were studying at a ‘new’ (post-1992) university in the South East of England. Women identified themselves as Muslim, Hindu and Sikh. The findings reveal that women’s religious and cultural background affects their attitudes towards financial support whilst at university. Through their participation in higher education, women are able to use their social and ethnic capital to enable them to receive financial and other kinds of support which is necessary for their success in higher education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-519
Number of pages18
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Issue number4
Early online date26 Sept 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • asian women
  • finance
  • higher education


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