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Critical Geographies of Childhood and YouthContemporary Policy and Practice$
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Peter Kraftl, John Horton, and Faith Tucker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428462

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428462.001.0001

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The place of aspiration in UK widening participation policy: moving up or moving beyond?

The place of aspiration in UK widening participation policy: moving up or moving beyond?

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(p.97) six The place of aspiration in UK widening participation policy: moving up or moving beyond?
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Critical Geographies of Childhood and Youth
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Gavin Brown

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428462.003.0006

This chapter charts the history of British widening participation policy since 1997, suggesting that there have been three distinct phases in the implementation of this policy over this period. The chapter focuses on the second of those phases, in which the emphasis was on interventions designed to change the aspirations of young people from low income families so that they could contribute to future national economic competitiveness. It argues that interventions around young people's aspirations during this period (2001 – 2010) simultaneously operated in relation to multiple spatial scales. The chapter offers an alternative spatial language to describe widening participation interventions and concludes by considering the political and ethical value of enabling young people to broaden their horizons by developing an outward-looking orientation to the world beyond their home neighbourhoods.

Keywords:   Widening participation, Aspirations, Youth policy, Young people's geographies

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