What is ‘Lad Culture’ and How Are Universities Responding to it?: A Case Study of Two UK Higher Education Institutions

Kendrick, Alexandra
(2022) What is ‘Lad Culture’ and How Are Universities Responding to it?: A Case Study of Two UK Higher Education Institutions. PhD thesis, University of Liverpool.

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Drawing on qualitative data collected between 2018 – 2020 with students and staff at two case study Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the North West of England, this thesis is concerned with what lad culture means to students at the two case study HEIs, and how this manifests across online and offline spaces. This research highlights how these cultures are not only present within student nightlife spaces or sports clubs, but also within classrooms, on field trips, and on social media. Focusing on the ways in which gender intersects with class, race and sexuality in the context of student lad cultures, this thesis explores how lad cultures within UK HEIs manifest through small, everyday peer-to-peer interactions. In doing so, this thesis complicates previous understandings of student lad culture, bringing nuance to recent debates in presenting lad cultures and laddism as a form of student identity that is nuanced and not monolithic. This thesis also pays attention to the responses of the two case study HEIs to lad culture, harassment and sexual misconduct, through both staff interviews and students’ accounts of the institutional complaints system(s). Within this, a number of key areas are identified for the two case study institutions, in order to improve their responses to these issues.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2022 16:50
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 19:43
DOI: 10.17638/03166238
  • Evans, Bethan
  • Riley, Mark
  • Jackson, Lucy
  • Hall, Sarah
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3166238