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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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Explaining inequality: the role of social origins and welfare sources

Explaining inequality: the role of social origins and welfare sources

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Student Lives in Crisis

Lorenza Antonucci

Policy Press

After having presented the results of the three-country analysis, this chapter illustrates the diversity of the young people’s experiences within each country. In order to so, the chapter presents the list of the top 10 statements which attracted most disagreement across factors within each country. The chapter shows that within each country there are sources of inequality: in England the means-tested system of student support overestimates what the family can contribute in higher education; in Italy the over-reliance on family sources results in a social reproduction of inequality; in Sweden the insufficiency of state sources means that young people from lower classes tend to work while in university, while housing conditions appear to be highly stratified.

Keywords:   Sweden, England, Italy, higher education, student support

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