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Mr Airport Man & the Albatross: A reverie of flight, hope and transformation

Hammond, C (2022) Mr Airport Man & the Albatross: A reverie of flight, hope and transformation. In: Burnell, Iona, (ed.) The Lives of Working Class Academics: Getting Ideas Above Your Station. Emerald Press. ISBN 9781801170581

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This chapter is an autoethnographic account of my journey from a working-class childhood and youth, to becoming an academic in a large UK university. Using the techniques of poetics (Bachelard, 2004) the chapter focuses on several pivotal periods in my life, where I encountered a sequence of events that were to influence my journey towards transformation. Back in my early 20s, I knew that I wanted to change and to grow in new directions; however, infused with a particular heritage, set of experiences and cultural values – none of which embraced, recognised or understood learning and university as a possibility – I struggled to make sense of my feelings of frustration and being stranded. This is where my strange fascination with the airport, music, daydream and the notion of flight emerged (see Seres, 1993, and Bachelard, 2011). Here, the nebulous and seemingly futile ache for an alternative and better future, emerged as a potent hope and journey towards transition.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Gaston Bachelard; Dynamic Imgination; Flight; Reverie; Albatross
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Education
Publisher: Emerald Press
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SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2022 11:59
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2022 11:59
Editors: Burnell, Iona
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18397
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