Comics, kitsch, and class: an autoethnographic exploration of an accidental academic

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This article is an autoethnographical exploration of key events in the author’s life that influenced, even propelled, her into academia, despite working-class cultural and economic barriers. This study chronicles moments when circumstances converged to cause dramatic shifts in perspective that steered her toward a fulfilling life as a scholar. It also reveals the accidental nature of that journey and seeks to understand ways educators might encourage more deliberate academic pursuits for members of lower socioeconomic groups. The author argues for making universities more diverse and inclusive by recognizing the obstacles most working-class and poor students face and valuing the qualities necessary to overcome them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-444
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 15 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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