Black British Graduates

Untold stories

Paperback / softback, 156 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
5 Feb 2018
Trentham Books

Price: £19.99

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Amanda Arbouin breaks new ground in documenting the learning and employment of black graduates in the UK. Ten British graduates of African Caribbean heritage review their education, both compulsory and post-compulsory, and their careers. They relate how they navigated the obstructions and microaggressions encountered while pursuing academic qualifications, and discuss their choices of employment.

These graduates offer teachers and academics valuable new insights into educational inequality and its effects. Their views and perspectives make this a key text for courses in education studies, sociology of education and teacher training. The book will also appeal to community activists, employers, educational policymakers, careers advisers and all those who strive for social justice in the education and employment of minoritized groups in the UK.

  • Amanda Arbouin

    Dr Amanda Arbouin is Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at the Nottingham Institute of Education, Nottingham Trent University.

CONTENTS: 1. An introduction; 2. Unfulfilled potential: School experiences; 3. En route to higher education: Motivations and journeys; 4. Learning to achieve: The higher education experience; 5. Bitter sweet: Graduate careers; 6. Conclusions; Appendix: Participant biographies; References; Index

‘Dr Arbouin expertly weaves the educational journeys of Black professionals into a wider nuanced analysis of race, gender and the impact of the education system on the lives of Black Britons. It is an important work and an essential read for educators and policymakers.’

Dr William Ackah, Programme Director, Community Development and Development and Globalisation. Birkbeck, University of London

‘Compelling and enlightening! This new book explores and chronicles the challenges, experiences and the successful outcomes of Black graduates. Dr Arbouin’s book complements the growing body of literature on resiliency, personal stories and person-centred ethnographies. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in real solutions and creating genuine opportunities for future generations of Black students who dream of going to university one day and graduating.’

Dr Richard Majors, former Clinical Fellow, Harvard Medical School and Honorary Professor, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

'This is an original and much needed book charting the trajectories of black graduates. The insights are telling and revealing. There is much to learn here for educational policymakers in schools and higher education. The implications for the future employment of black graduates are immense. This is compelling reading for all involved in education.'

Professor Cecile Wright, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham