—This paper examines the tertiary education experiences of a white, working-class, baby-boomer, male. The investigation addresses how the individual’s classed subjectivity has influenced his personal interactions within a university context. Being a practicing academic might suggest that he has undergone a class metamorphosis however characteristics of his working-class identity remain and continue to position the individual as a university educator. The paper looks at the affective influences of class on the man’s teaching rather than adopting a traditional approach to understanding the class phenomenon. The individual remains cynical about aspects of tertiary education that he believes do not really represent the interests of working-class people. The focus of the paper is educational alienation; specifically from a white, working-class baby-boomer male’s point of view. The investigation is restricted to masculine, class-based learning identities that have contributed to the way in which the individual personally thinks and feels about education and learning.
—Agency, masculinities, structure, teaching.
T. W. Lovett is with the School of Education, University of South Australia, Australia (e-mail: Trevor.Lovett@unisa.edu.au).
N. M. Lovett is with the University Senior College, at the University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Trevor Lovett and Nadia Lovett, " Academic Alien: Portrait of a Working-Class Man‟s Higher Education Experience," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 145-148, 2016.