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Finnegan F.;Merrill B.
British Journal of Sociology of Education
'We are as good as anybody else': a comparative study of working-class university students' experiences in England and Ireland
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biographical research higher education identity widening participation working-class students
© 2015 Taylor & Francis 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.
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