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Young People's Higher Education Choices: The Role of Family and Friends

Rachel Brooks
British Journal of Sociology of Education
Vol. 24, No. 3 (Jul., 2003), pp. 283-297
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3593325
Page Count: 15
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Young People's Higher Education Choices: The Role of Family and Friends
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Abstract

Previous studies of higher education (HE) choice have tended to draw a strong contrast between the decisions made by young people from working-class backgrounds and those of their middle-class peers. This paper draws on a qualitative, longitudinal study to argue that such assumptions about social class homogeneity overlook the very different ways in which students from a similar (middle class) location come to understand the HE sector. It also suggests that while families have a strong influence on young people's conceptualisation of the sector, friends and peers play an important role in informing decisions about what constitutes a 'feasible' choice. Indeed, this paper shows how rankings within friendship groups were, in many cases, transposed directly onto a hierarchy of HE institutions and courses. On the basis of this evidence, it concludes that a two-step interaction between family and friends best explains the decision-making processes in which these young people were engaged.

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