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Higher Education and Social Inequalities : University Admissions, Experiences and Outcomes (Hardcover)
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A university education has long been seen as the gateway to upward social mobility for individuals from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and a way of reproducing social advantage for the better off. The number of young people from the highest socio-economic groups entering university in the UK has effectively been at saturation point for several decades. As a consequence the expansion in participation rates has been achieved by broadening the social base of the undergraduate population in terms of both social class and ethnic diversity. However, a growing body of evidence exists of the continuation of unequal graduate outcomes in terms of employment trajectories in the UK.
The issue of just who enjoys access to which university, and the experiences and outcomes of graduates from different institutions remain central to questions of social justice, notably higher education’s contribution to social mobility and to the reproduction of social inequality. This collection of contemporary original writings explores these issues in a range of specific contexts, and is theoretically and methodologically innovative. The relationship between higher education and social mobility has probably never been under closer scrutiny and this volume will appeal to academics, policy makers and commentators alike. Higher Education and Social Inequalities is an important contribution to the public and academic debate.