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Student Lives in Crisis


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Introduction: University Lives in the crisis; Part 1 University for all? How higher education shapes inequality among young people; The social consequences of the mass access in Europe; How welfare influences the lives of youth in university; Beyond differences? Determinants of inequality among European youth in university; Part 2 Exploring the inequality of university lives in England, Italy and Sweden; The five profiles of the university experience; Explaining inequality: the role of social origins and welfare sources; Welfare mixes and the reproduction of inequality in university; Part 3 The `eternal transition': young adults and semi-dependence in university; The family: saviour or `inequaliser'?; The labour-market contradiction: a precarious form of dependence; State: generous, conditional or absent?; Conclusion. Addressing the growing inequality among young people in university; Methodological Annex.

About the Author

Lorenza Antonucci is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy/Sociology at Teesside University where she researches on inequality. Lorenza is also Research Associate at the European Social Observatory (OSE) in Brussels. She is co-editor of `Young People and Social Policy in Europe' (2014). In 2015 she has been awarded with the Royal Society of Edinburgh Visiting Fellowship (2015). You can follow her on Twitter @SocialLore


"An eye-opening account of the material inequalities that young people face whilst at university...should be read by anyone interested in Higher Education policies in Europe young people's transitions and those researching inequality and social mobility more generally." LSE Review of Books
"Not only a compelling read but also an excellent detailed discussion of the social processes at work in young people's lives." Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy
"Located at the intersection between academia and policy, this book makes a great contribution to the way in which European societies can begin to address the deepening inequality before and after times of austerity." British Journal of Educational Studies
"Will young people play a role in dismantling austerity in Europe? In an important contribution to the debate on inequality, Antonucci shows us the extent to which our system is failing its youth." Lorenzo Marsili, founder European Alternatives
"An important book showing that investing in higher education is not enough, we need to invest in better students' life to succeed in the knowledge based economy" Bruno Palier, Centre d'etudes europeennes
"Antonucci's excellent and timely study hammers home the fact that there is insufficient focus on the stratified labour market and differences in the graduate premium across subjects and... across gender and race." Times Higher Education
"This incisive and penetrating analysis presents a major challenge to policy makers in rethinking the role of higher education in an era of heightened precarity and new social risks" Patrick Diamond, Co-Chair and Research Director of Policy Network
"Antonucci provides invaluable insight into the university experience in a context of growing graduate unemployment and decades of neoliberal policies. It's a must read for all those interested in education, the future and good policy." Judith Bessant, Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University
"Antonucci finds optimism in the politicization of students and a route away from mass debt and deception. Privately financed university schooling is a brand, not a good education." Danny Dorling, Oxford University

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