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Personal Life, Young Women and Higher Education

A Relational Approach to Student and Graduate Experiences


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Kirsty Finn
    Pages 1-19
  3. Kirsty Finn
    Pages 38-57
  4. Kirsty Finn
    Pages 141-157
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 158-178

About this book


The experience of higher education in the UK has become an increasingly common phenomenon in the 21st century. This book explores the emotional and moral significance of the relationships young women develop at university, such as friends, family and housemates, by using a seven-year qualitative longitudinal study of the transitional period.


Personal life Relationality Higher Education Gender Youth Transitions Graduate Employment education gender higher education mobility university women

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Edge Hill UniversityUK

About the authors

Kirsty Finn is Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at Edge Hill University, UK. She has previously taught at Teesside University, UK and the University of Manchester, UK.

Bibliographic information


“In the book Finn develops a ‘relational perspective’ … which brings into the foreground of analysis young women’s personal worlds … . the book would make a worthwhile read for postgraduate students, doctoral students and early career researchers seeking to learn more about the realities (and feasibility) of conducting QL projects as a sole researcher. … would be suitable for a wide audience, ranging from undergraduate students through to academics working within the fields of gender, sociology and HE.” (Lauren Stentiford, Gender and Education, 2016)