Journal article

Identity matters: the centrality of 'conferred identity' as symbolic power and social capital in higher education mobility

Brenda Holt

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INCLUSIVE EDUCATION | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2012

Abstract

Although any choice young people make about higher education incorporates a subtle interplay of individual agency, circumstance and social structure, the centrality of identity in such life choices for rural young people cannot be underestimated. Since mobility is an ontological absolute for most rural young people accessing university, it is essential to understand better how identity, choice, agency and social structure work together as social capital. In a 4-year study of young rural women from small towns in Australia who move to an elite city university, I found that deciding to access university education involved a complex amalgam of imbricating factors, but all involved a strong iden..

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