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Race, Class, and Student Choice: Negotiating Competing Rationalities

Hensby, Alexander and Adewumi, Barbara (2024) Race, Class, and Student Choice: Negotiating Competing Rationalities. In: Hensby, Alexander and Adewumi, Barbara, eds. Race, Capital, and Equity in Higher Education: Challenging Differential Academic Attainment in UK Universities. Palgrave Studies in Race, Inequality and Social Justice in Education . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 31-58. ISBN 978-3-031-51616-0. E-ISBN 978-3-031-51617-7. (doi:10.1007/978-3-031-51617-7) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:106227)

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The previous chapter established the white-BAME attainment gap as a longstanding trend in UK universities, one that intersects with, but is not reducible to, class and educational background. This chapter focuses on BAME student choice in higher education. Though one of the more well-trodden paths in attainment gap research, previous studies have been sometimes guilty of taking a deficit approach which undervalues the personal narratives and motivations which may guide and constrain BAME student action. This chapter uses survey and interview data to explore students’ core decision-making: why study at university, which university, and which degree programme. This reveals the cultural and social capital at students’ disposal, foregrounding higher education as a key instrument for social mobility. Qualitative accounts importantly highlight differences between first- and second-generation immigrant narratives, which in turn shape students’ motivations for, and adaptation to, university study.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-031-51617-7
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Divisions > Directorate of Education > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Alexander Hensby
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2024 14:26 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024 10:04 UTC
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