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© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.Higher Education is posited as a route to upward social mobility. However, the women in this study had different understandings of what social mobility meant to them and significantly, how important it was to them. This new phase of the life project indicated that internal conversations were characterised by either fulfilling neoliberal ideals or facilitating the greatest sense of personal happiness. The life-projects of the Horizon-Expanders focused on intergenerational mobility, but for the Incremental-Hybrids the focus was on intragenerational mobility. The Incremental-Hybrids and Returners emphasised ‘dovetailing’, with their overriding commitment to family. For the Returners, there was a sense of confidence in moving to a new social-class position based on a change in occupation, whilst remaining in their existing familial contexts.

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Author(s): Shields S

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Working Class Female Students' Experiences of Higher Education : Identities, Choices and Emotion

Year: 2021

Pages: 89-99

Print publication date: 10/11/2021

Online publication date: 10/11/2021

Acceptance date: 02/04/2020

Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Place Published: Cham


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-88935-7_7

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9783030889340