I’m a reddie and a Christian! Identity negotiations amongst first-year university students

Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn and Brown, Rebecca (2012) I’m a reddie and a Christian! Identity negotiations amongst first-year university students. Studies in Higher Education, 37 (4). pp. 497-511. ISSN 0307-5079

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Abstract

Currently, there exists relatively scant sociological research on the identities of first-year UK university students, and specifically those holding a strong Christian identity. Employing a symbolic interactionist framework, this article explores issues of identity construction amongst a group of first-year undergraduate students based at a UK university, who self-identify as committed Christians. Based on a qualitative, exploratory study of the transition experiences of first-year students living on campus, the authors examine students' accounts of identity, transition, negotiation and confirmation. After an initial period of anxiety and uncertainty vis-à-vis establishing new identities, participants recounted themes of commitment to Christian identity, and considered that they had been accepted and integrated into the ‘jock’ campus subculture despite transgressing certain of its values and norms, primarily those ‘commanding’ heavy drinking.

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Additional Information:Currently, there exists relatively scant sociological research on the identities of first-year UK university students, and specifically those holding a strong Christian identity. Employing a symbolic interactionist framework, this article explores issues of identity construction amongst a group of first-year undergraduate students based at a UK university, who self-identify as committed Christians. Based on a qualitative, exploratory study of the transition experiences of first-year students living on campus, the authors examine students' accounts of identity, transition, negotiation and confirmation. After an initial period of anxiety and uncertainty vis-à-vis establishing new identities, participants recounted themes of commitment to Christian identity, and considered that they had been accepted and integrated into the ‘jock’ campus subculture despite transgressing certain of its values and norms, primarily those ‘commanding’ heavy drinking.
Keywords:Sociology, Identity, Identity work, Self-identity, Socialisation, University students
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:6238
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Deposited On:24 Sep 2012 17:35
Last Modified:04 Dec 2013 21:17

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