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Student Lives in CrisisDeepening Inequality in Times of Austerity$
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Lorenza Antonucci

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318231

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318231.001.0001

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Introduction: Young people’s lives at university in crisis

Introduction: Young people’s lives at university in crisis

(p.1) Introduction: Young people’s lives at university in crisis
Student Lives in Crisis

Lorenza Antonucci

Policy Press

This chapter introduces the reality facing today’s young people in higher education in Europe. Despite being encouraged to attend university in order to obtain better and more socially inclusive lives, young people are increasingly finding that they are not receiving the previously anticipated benefits from their higher education degrees. The root cause of this rests in the HE policies implemented since the 1990’s. The author introduces the countries in which she focuses her research: England, Italy and Sweden. The author then introduces key ‘myths’ surrounding university students’ lives, including myths about who goes to university, how students transition from study to work and whether or not inequality can be addressed by increasing access to HE. The chapter concludes by laying out the structure of the rest of the book.

Keywords:   students, higher education, inequality, Europe, young people

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