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Book Launch: “Gendering The Massification Generation: Higher Education Access & Choice In India”

Hosted by The Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) on the 17th May 2024 10-1130am GMT, there will be an online book launch for Gendering the Massification Generation: Higher Education Access and Choice in IndiaLink opens in a new window.

Published by Routledge in 2024, the book examines why young people from the same families and communities in India experience different decision-making processes regarding higher education access because of their gender. In India and other contexts where higher education is massifying, and gender parity of enrolment has been reached at undergraduate level, there are still many questions to be asked about gender and access to higher education. Based on an exploratory study of gendered higher education access and choice within the state of Haryana, India, the authors explore gender inequalities of higher education access and choice in the Indian context and connect this with the broader international phenomenon of widening participation. Through an in-depth analysis of the ‘massification generation’, where young people from relatively disadvantaged backgrounds are accessing higher education, often for the first time in their families and communities, the book applies a lens of social disadvantage and gender, and explores the norms and transgressions of femininity and masculinity in relation to higher education access and choice.

This book launch event includes presentations by some of the authors about the context for the book, an overview of the book, and the wider project within which the book is nested. Moreover, three invited speakers provide commentary on the contribution that the book makes to the international field of higher education studies:-

  • Mikateko Mathebula is Senior Researcher at the SARCHI Chair’s Higher Education and Human Development Research Programme at the University of the Free State in South Africa.
  • Rajeshwari is Professor in the Geography Department at Kurukshetra University, Haryana, India.
  • Elaine Unterhalter is Professor of Education and International Development, UCL Institute of Education, UK

The book can be previewed and ordered at 

For further information about the launch and registration (free of charge), please go to

Mon 15 Apr 2024, 09:26