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dc.contributor.authorUnderwood, Robin T.
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this interview-based study informed by poststructural feminism and Foucault s ethical analysis, care of the self, was to explore the subjectivities that seven low income, female survivors of domestic violence construct while pursuing postsecondary education. A homogeneous, purposeful sampling strategy was used to select seven single mothers who had experienced domestic violence in the past, but were presently not in abusive relationships, and who were considered to be low-income. Data collection included semistructured interviews, observations, field notes, and reflective journaling. Data analysis was performed using a poststructural method called nomadic inquiry that yielded findings that matched data to theoretical concepts within Foucault s ethical analysis, care of the self. The findings indicated that the participants began to construct their subjectivities when they made the decisions to leave the abusive relationships. The most prevalent practice of self that the participants used to create their subjectivities was the use of masters, that is, seeking advice from individuals within the friendship, domestic violence, and school arenas. The most frequent subjectivities that the participants constructed were good mother, independent woman, and good student.
dc.subjectDomestic violence
dc.subjectPostsecondary education
dc.subjectPostructural Feminism
dc.subjectMichel Foucault
dc.subjectWorking Poor
dc.subjectLow Income
dc.titleCare of self
dc.title.alternativeconstruction of subjectivities of low-income, female survivors of domestic violence as they pursue postsecondary education
dc.description.departmentWorkforce Education, Leadership, and Social Foundations
dc.description.majorOccupational Studies
dc.description.advisorJohn Schell
dc.description.committeeJohn Schell
dc.description.committeeElizabeth St. Pierre
dc.description.committeeJay Rojewski

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