This paper gives us a glimpse of the everyday lived experience of the ‘Clan’ students. There is almost an intimate and caring engagement with the students’ narratives introducing us to Nikita, Randy, Wendy, Marjorie, Denise, Tanya and Sally as individuals (rather than say, participants/subjects) whilst balancing this with a critical theoretical argument. The highlighted link between narrative and social action was very interesting, as the latter seems so often overlooked in discursive work. This action even presented itself in the mundane (for example the work required for a ‘beautiful assignment’. The intricate weaving, of identities (gender, race, class, motherhood) and the identity work required for their upkeep illustrated the (to paraphrase Patricia) “richness of human experience”. Some consideration of the wider political/employment climate could be maybe an added direction – are there job opportunities, does the affirmative action policy have any implications for empowerment in the Clan’s narratives?
Noticed two typo’s:
Introduction, paragraph 2 “group of coloured3 working class”
On being coloured and working class (after Sally’s quote) “Denise, a Clan students who had”