The confrontation of identities: How university students manage academic and religious selves in higher education

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The purpose of this study is to investigate the ways in which religious students manage the dual identities of student and member of faith. If an “identity clash” occurs, how is it managed? A total of 17 students from a British university were interviewed to investigate the nature of this identity management. The results show that many of them experienced conflict in some way, ranging from dissonance between religious beliefs and assessment, to issues regarding “safe spaces” on campus. These results, in relation to current controversies in identity politics, suggest that more work needs to be conducted on the experience of religious students in higher education, for the purposes of understanding the student experience and for policy making.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalEducational Studies
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Publication statusPublished - 2018

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