The Australian Educational Researcher

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 119–134 | Cite as

Men accessing education: Masculinities, class and choice

  • Tom Woodin
  • Penny Jane Burke


This paper draws on an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded research project on men (aged 18–54) participating in pre-university access and foundation programs in four London further and higher education colleges. Men’s educational choices and decisions are analysed and discussed within current policy debates about widening participation and lifelong learning. These choices are placed within a framework which focuses on masculinity in terms of classed and racialised identifications. For working class and ethnic minority students choices tend to be constrained by mix of material, institutional and emotional forces. For middle class ethnic minority students these factors are only partially alleviated.


Ethnic Minority Hegemonic Masculinity Ethnic Minority Student Australian Educational Researcher Educational Choice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom Woodin
    • 1
  • Penny Jane Burke
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonUK

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