How Do Some Succeed against All Odds?

By Ambreen Shahriar.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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My research is based in Pakistan and focuses on L1 Sindhi-speaking young people from rural and economically weak backgrounds, from the province of Sindh. My participants include those who have been struggling through their lives and have not quit their struggle despite circumstances against them. The paper discusses dominant factors in the lives of my participants that helped them continue their struggle against all odds. Adopting the case study approach, the main method of data collection is the life story interview. The paper brings forward the effect of participants’ lives on their decisions which affect their choice and personal judgment. Strength to struggle is the over-arching theme, which gives rise to three other themes: sacrifice and suffering, struggling to be important and fighting for your own rights. The paper aims to discuss these themes in detail.

Keywords: Struggle, Success, Weak

The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp.37-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 301.906KB).

Ambreen Shahriar

PhD Student, Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, UK

Ambreen Shahriar has been working as a lecturer of English language and literature at the University of Sindh, Pakistan since 2004, where she has been involved in teaching and research. On receiving a scholarship, she came to UK to do a Masters and PhD in 2007. Currently, in her third year of her PhD at Goldsmiths College London, she is working on finding the factors responsible for the success of young people from deprived areas. She is doing a case study research using life story interviews.