‘I Am Going to Uni!’ Working-Class Academic Success, Opportunity and Conflict

  • Michael R. M. Ward
Part of the Global Masculinities book series (GLMAS)


More young people than ever now remain in post-16 education and progress onto higher education. However, despite these changes, white working-class young men are one of the least likely demographic groups to enter university. Drawing on an ethnographic study with young men from a deprived community in Wales (UK), in this chapter I look at the lives of a group of educational ‘achievers’, offering a different way to view working-class educational experiences. Despite working hard academically, the future aspirations of these young men to attend university are still tempered by the classed and gender codes that underpin expectations of manhood in this deindustrialized community.


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  • Michael R. M. Ward
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  1. 1.Department of Public Health, Policy and Social ScienceSwansea UniversitySwanseaUK

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