Elite British Female Physicists: Social Mobility and Identity Negotiations
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This chapter presents narrative accounts of the strategies and tactics used by successful women in physics. The cross-case analysis of these academic women’s trajectories demonstrates the salience of three significant experiences, and concurrent identity negotiations that facilitated their persistence in physics: (1) reliance on the self, (2) social support networks, and (3) the construction of a working class hero identity. This work presents suggestions for recruitment and retention of women in physics.
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