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    ‘We’re as good as anybody else’: a comparative study of working-class university students’ experiences in England and Ireland


    Finnegan, Fergal and Merrill, Barbara (2017) ‘We’re as good as anybody else’: a comparative study of working-class university students’ experiences in England and Ireland. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 38 (3). pp. 307-324. ISSN 0142-5692

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    Abstract

    This article is based on a comparative study of working-class students’ experiences in English and Irish higher education. It highlights the lack of comparative studies on this topic based on qualitative research and why filling this gap is important in understanding access and widening participation. Drawing on biographical interviews with 139 people in a range of elite and non-elite institutions, the article discusses similarities as well as some differences between the data from the two countries in terms of class, identity and how working-class students view and value higher education. It maps out how the research relates to recent debates over social class and outlines the theoretical implications of these findings.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: widening participation; higher education; biographical research; identity; working-class students
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 11136
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2015.1081054
    Depositing User: Fergal Finnegan
    Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2019 13:58
    Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Sociology of Education
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
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