Theoretical Development of the Individualised Individual Theory: A Qualitative Study of Cultural Practices in Nigeria and Women Students in Higher Education

Onoriode Collins Potokri, Venitha Pillay


The main purpose of this study was to advance or extend Beck’s individualized individual theory using cultural practices and women in Nigerian higher education as an x-ray. This study provided an elaborate introduction and background to cultural practices in Nigeria. Secondly, identified and discussed the main types or forms of cultural practices. Thirdly, identified the most dominant and pervasive cultural practices on the academic performance of married women students in Nigerian higher education. Qualitative research methodology – narrative enquiry was used. The study’s population was drawn from two higher education institutions. Focus group discussion was used to gather data. Data was analyzed by means of reported stories of research participants. The findings include the inadequacy of Beck’s individualised individual theory for understanding the experience of women amongst others.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2013.v4n13p735

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